Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Give Me A Man And I Will Change A Nation

The world needs more heroes, not the Hollywood type-- but REAL heroes. Now more than ever the world  needs men and women who aren't motivated by what they get out of something, but are moved into action because of their concern for others. We need heroes who believe the world can be changed and who won't surrender to the prevailing cynicism and unbelief that the world teaches us is logical thinking. So often we keep ourselves in this endless cycle of wanting to do something to make a difference, but getting stuck when our minds tell us it's not the practical thing to do, or it will never work because of X, Y, and Z. The thing is our minds will never understand what our hearts can (Thanks Frank).  Our hearts are telling us to step up and do something about all the despair and destruction going on around, and yet our minds hold us back by telling us that one person can never make a difference. And that's where we get it wrong. God tells us that he only needs one man to change a nation. Look at the story of Gideon. God calls Gideon to stand up for Israel and fight the Midianites. Gideon cries out to God saying "We have the weakest army in the land" and the Lord replied by saying "Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian's hand. Am I not sending you?" So many times we forgot that God is capable of doing the impossible, and He is just looking for one man to surrender his fear to Him. When we give all our doubts and fears to God  we are tearing down the the walls we have built up that keep us from realizing God's miraculous power. This leaves room for God to move and change nations in Gideon's case. Throughout this story, God continuously tells Gideon "There are too many men" and Gideon's arm went from 22,000 to 300. This is pretty ridiculous- How could God expect Gideon to defeat the Midianites with only 300 people? This story amazes me because Gideon has such faith in God's power and he achieved the impossible through God. We tend to become stagnant and decide to do nothing at all simply because we cant do it through our own power, and we forget that when we surrender ourselves and give all authority to God, the unfeasible becomes reality! We need more Christians who aren't confined to thinking logically, but allow God's love to lead them and rely on God to overcome all obstacles. Proverbs 3: 5 says "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding". We often tend to doubt God's plan because we cannot see the bigger picture. This is when faith can get sticky. There is this misconception that faith is easy and comes naturally as a part of being a Christian. The thing is faith takes work and a lot of submission. Hebrews 11:1 says "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, and certain of what we do not see". We need to always hold on to what God has revealed to us and never doubt Him even when we cannot see where His path is leading us. Faith is not about knowing all the details.  We desperately need Christian heroes who believe in one truth and believe that through the name of Jesus they can change the world and are ready to act on it.  Over and over again people say "Someday when I'm done with _______ I'll have the time or resources to be able to make an impact". But the thing is, the time to act is today, not someday.  Being a hero doesn't mean you have to go fight world hunger in a foreign country. Too often we under estimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. These are the type of heroes that are focused on one thing that motivates them to action: Christ's Undeniable Love. When we start thinking with our hearts and allow God to lead our plans, then we can overcome all barriers and start an explosive transformation of nations.