Here in North America we must admit, if we are honest with ourselves, that we have so much and we do so little with it. As individuals, as Christians, we have an abundance of materialistic goods and a great deal of things that would be called “luxuries” in just about any other part of the world. As believers we have buildings to worship in, comfortable seats to sit in, and lots of personal space when we go to worship or study the Bible with other believers. We have so much – and yet, in many cases, we do very little with it other than entertain ourselves and make ourselves feel good. Harsh? I think it is often the truth and reality but we simply don’t want to admit it as we may be forced to change something and we are comfortable as it is right now. Of course we are, we are on the good end of the stick.
Now, in other places there are fewer people calling themselves believers – in fact, just a handful of Christians and they are often persecuted and shut out of normal, everyday life. They have little personally and are working, as believers, with so little and yet – when we hear what is happening we are astonished as they are obtaining such great results for the Kingdom.
One story crossed my study desk the other day … and, in part, it states…
Bombay (now known as Mumbai) is a huge city in India with a population of over 18,000,000 people. The slum in the city – the Dharavi slum – has more than two million inhabitants. In the midst of the slum there is a gospel church preaching Jesus. Bombay Prayer Band, founders of this assembly, works out of very small facilities and on a shoe-string budget. Their office is five by five feet. The Bible School classroom holds up to 25 students for the classes being held there daily and this is simply an area about 12 feet by 15 feet. In spite of these limitations many graduate every year and go out to plant churches in many of the states in India … Maharastra, Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Predesh, and Bihar just to name a few.
Wow! Working with so little and seeing such great results. My bathroom is bigger than their office. My study (not my office) if bigger than their classroom. Interesting when compared generally to North American Christianity … where we have so much and yet, in most cases, so few are coming to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and very few believers are sharing the Gospel and even fewer have ever led anyone to the Lord since they themselves met Him. And, dare we mention, the amount of complaining that goes on and how discontented we are because others seem to have bigger and better … and yet, look in the other direction and you see smaller and “not better” – yet far more significant results for the Kingdom of God.
How do we turn this around? How do we learn to focus on what really counts – on the goal – and not on all these other things which will, one day, be totally insignificant? How do we make better use of what we have been blessed with? How do we harness everything we have been literally blessed by God with for His glory? How do we change the direction we seem to be heading from accomplishing little with so much to working with what we have and accomplishing great things for the Lord?
Ah! That’s the key word I think – LORD! We need to make Him Lord and submit to His will, yielding everything to Him for His use and for His Kingdom. Lordship is the key – and it is what is missing in many believers today… THOUGHTS?