I am flying over the continent of Africa and, as I look out of the window, it makes me begin to think about the significance of Gods plans and how I am a part of that. The continent of Africa has long been the focus of many missionaries. One of the most famous was David Livingstone. His father in law, Robert Moffatt, was also a missionary to Africa. During Mr. Moffatt's first furlough home to England. David Livingstone asked if he himself might be useful on the mission field to Africa. His father in law replied, "Yes, particularly if you will not go to an old station, but will push on into unoccupied fields." He was challenging him to do something significant. Do something that would make difference and something that would leave a mark.
As I fly, I am drawn to just look because of the strange green glow everything has with the tint of the window. I stare out into the vastness of what God has created and I am overwhelmed at how I am a part of God's plan to redeem mankind. I know that in order for the plan to succeed, I must do my part, no matter how small it may seem to be.
A very important part of the Bible that I was taught when I was young is found in Mark 16. Jesus was commanding the disciples to go. In verse 15 He said, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone." He was telling them to go and make a difference. He told them that when they go they would see lives changed. I believe one of the most important parts of this passage is found in verse 20. It says,"And the disciples went everywhere and preached, and the Lord worked with them, confirming what they said by many miraculous signs."
He sent them out to make a difference, but they didn't go alone. The Lord worked with by confirming what they said with miracles. A small group was making a big difference in a very big creation.
A very big creation that relies on even the smallest of pieces to ensure success. Much like the Boeing 787 I am flying in. I look out this very small window that is probably the last thing most people consider. I look out of that small window realizing if it fails to do its job it will be a tremendous tragedy. God created everything and dropped it into Adams capable hands. Adam just chose to do things differently than God had planned and suddenly the tiny window gave way. God sent Jesus to pay the price for Adam's failure and now we have relationship and we can make a difference. Now Jesus is challenging you to go. To leave a mark, to make something out of nothing and to do what others say is impossible. We must each find our own passion and find the thing that God has called and equipped us to do. More importantly, we must do it!
Our significance and purpose is bound together with His plan for us. When we step away from His love and promises, we lose our way. It begins a ripple effect that not only hurts ourselves but will also begin to hurt others, because our destinies have a direct effect on other people. We are a part of God's plan to overwhelm the world with love and redemption. I challenge you today to stop and think about what God has called you to do. What steps do you need to take? The only way to begin down the road is to take the first step. Take the step and He will work with you to confirm what He has called you to do.
Robert Moffatt continued his answer to David Livingstone with this, "In the north I have seen in the morning sun the smoke of a thousand villages where no missionary has ever been."
Where do you need to go? What do you need to do?
Terry is the Associate Pastor at Word of Life. He is currently on a mission trip to visit our WOL churches in Africa