“Expect great things from God: attempt great things for God.” – William Carey, Father of Modern Missions
Most people agree that we need to share the gospel and heal the sick throughout the world. Jesus commanded us to “go” in the Great Commission. The Great Commandment says to love your neighbor as yourself and that certainly includes helping and healing the downtrodden. I would want someone to help me if I was the victim of persecution or injustice, wouldn’t you?
The problem many face is they want to do something great for God, but they believe they aren’t qualified or don’t have the skills. It’s a hard place to be. You want to make the world a better place, but you don’t feel like you can really do anything worthwhile. You want to be on mission with God and see people’s lives changed for the better, but your past or inadequacies stand at the gate like giants and forbid you to pass.
I often hear this as people are considering going on mission trips. “I don’t know what to do,” they say. Or “I’m not qualified.” Or “I’ve messed up too much in my life.” These are legitimate concerns, but they should not stop you from doing great things for God. These are the same reasons for not attempting great things for God the disciples gave Jesus. He told them not to fear. He is telling you not to fear, also.
So, I don’t know what the next step is for you to be on mission with God, but I want to challenge you to take it today. Obey the Spirit of God and figure out a way to pray more, or give more, or encourage more, or go more. Fear not, friend. Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.