Ok. So. 1’m about 24 hours away from what is probably going to be my biggest adventure yet. In about 24 hours, I will be climbing onto a plane to fly to head over to Budapest, where I will meet a group of fellow Christians whom I wouldn’t know if I passed them on the street so we can drive to the city of Baia Mare, Romania. From there, we will spend the next several days reaching out to people in the surrounding villages with the love of Jesus—preaching, teaching, and just generally serving the people in that area. I know it doesn’t seem like much to some. I’ve talked with people who spent their lives doing this sort of thing quite often. But when you’ve spent a good chunk of your life running away from something and finally turn around to do it, there’s some pretty weird feelings that come with that.But hey…the God I serve is big. Big enough so that people in the country I am headed toward would choose to serve him in the face of a communist government that would take away jobs, freedom, and even life from those that made that choice. Big enough so that people will choose to follow him today in countries where faith in anything but Mohammad will get you killed. And He is even big enough to change hearts in minds in countries where that persecution is common in such a way that the people doing the persecution turn and become some of the biggest defenders of the faith.
So as I’m ready to go, I can’t help but thinking—what will God do through my own small efforts? I’ve already had some interesting conversations here at home over the last week—and seen some gears seriously start to turn in people’s heads. I believe that will continue overseas, and pray that I will continue to be led by God to do this on a long term basis.
For the non-Christian that might read this consider this. 12 men is all it took to spread the Christian faith. 12 men who were willing to die for it because they saw God do the impossible in Jesus, the Christ. I would encourage you to find someone who can clearly and correctly discuss the Gospel with you and have that conversation as soon as possible—it has implications for where you spend eternity. If you can’t find someone, e-mail me and we will talk when I get back.
For the Christian, I encourage you to start praying about what steps God would have you make. He has a purpose for every one of us—and working toward fulfilling that purpose will be the most satisfying thing you do in life. I guarantee it. So as you pray, and feel led toward specific ministries by God, take steps toward doing whatever it is God puts on your heart—and He will let you know when you are headed in the right direction.