A question many Christians ask is: “What am I supposed to do here?” This is a very valid question, worth considering. Your purpose has two main starting points, if that is possible: 1.) is The Fall (Genesis 3:1-20), and 2.) the Great Commission (Mark 16:15-16). These are the key points of our mission here one earth. After The Fall, we were exposed to two options – right and wrong. But because the wrong way typically seems like the right way, many people are now lost in the darkness.
See, God made the world perfect and then gave us free reign over the world. We went crazy with our power, destroying His beautiful creation and creating an imperfect world out of His perfect world. Now our task is to spread God’s word throughout the entire world, saving each person one by one.
A lot of people confuse this task; especially young people. This task isn’t just for adults. This is for everyone – young, old, new and mature believers! This is one of the reasons we’re here! It’s not like an earthly career, though. This is a 24/7 gig. You can’t just quit. There is no quitting. Our purpose right now is to be furthering the Kingdom of God.
I’ve been reading an in-depth book on the life of Elijah by Bill Crowder recently called Trusting God in Hard Times. One of the things that Bill Crowder brings out is that Elijah wasn’t known at the time of the drought (1 Ki. 17:1). He was a nobody. No one in Ahab’s kingdom knew who Elijah was. But then, this unknown, insignificant man pops into the king’s court, saying, “Hey! There isn’t going to be any rain or dew for the next few years until I say so, O.K.?” The king must have thought he was crazy. But do you realize the courage it took, even for a grown man, to stand up to the greatest power in Israel at the time and tell him that someone he doesn’t even believe in is going to cause a severe drought? At worst, he could probably be beheaded. At best, the king would believe him. But what were the chances of that?
Elijah demonstrated this kind of courage over and over. He told a widow to use the last of her supplies and to trust that this strange man’s (whom she’d never met before) God would provide more food. What were the odds of that?
His boldness to share his information was incomprehensible. He didn’t even question when God told him to go to the wilderness, go to the lowly widow, or tell the king about the drought. He just did it! What faith it took for him to do that!
I read in that book this quote: “He [God] totally disrupted the comfort zone Elijah had become used to. Why? To stretch him in new ways. When our comfort zone is shattered, it doesn’t mean that God has lost control. But it may mean that we’ve stopped hearing the voice of God because we’ve grown too comfortable.”
I used to lead small, unorganized witnessing group at our old church. There were typically anywhere from four to seven people there, but they were always young people (a.k.a. my friends). I wanted to prove that young people can make a difference in the world! Other people might not have gotten anything from it, I can’t be sure. But I do know that I learned from it.
It starts tonight. If you want to have a future of spreading God’s Word, it takes practice and training. God may have to take you out to the wilderness (figuratively speaking), but He will prepare you for His task. It will be hard, as Elijah saw, but in the end it will ‘produce a harvest of righteousness and peace’.
So, if you want to have an evangelistic future, don’t wait until you can go to Africa, or until your church youth group orchestrates an outreach trip to Chicago. The best start is small. A single tract given out to some random person can spark a big fire within you. I’ve experienced it. Its power is awesome.
Read the full account of Elijah in 1 Kings 17-2 Kings 2. Available here.