At some point, living with a Kingdom mentality will call us out of the boat to walk on water. It’s inevitable—people with a framework focused on the sovereign causes of Christ are asked to engage in the supernatural.
God’s greatest delight is when His children choose by faith to get out of the safety of the boat to meet Him and follow His leading.
Remember that Christ’s charge in the Luke 19 parable is to do the Lord's business until He returns. This involves a proactive mindset that’s set on the offensive. The book of Acts reads like a war journal, and that’s exactly the state we live in. We are engaged in a war and are called to be in an all-out frontal attack on the forces of evil.
The world has advanced every cause we can think of, and they’ve all failed. Since the United Nations was set up to advance peace, we’ve experienced more than 150 worldwide conflicts. We advance the American dream, and yet it fails to meet the deepest needs of the human heart.
And not long ago, Lee Iacocca, a famous automobile executive, said, “Here I am in the twilight years of my life, still wondering what it's all about. I can tell you this: fame and fortune is for the birds.” It turns out comfort isn’t the cause that satisfies us either.
I met a lady at a car rental company once and walked her through one of my tracts called "Does God Really Care?" I asked her if she had any interest in that question and she said, “Just last night I was thinking about getting my life right with God.” I then asked her if she would read the booklet if I gave it to her. She said, “Yes,” I left it with her, and then ran to catch my plane.
I mention this story to make the point that God is at work in the lives of the people around us, and He wants us to be on the offensive for His cause every single day.
You show me a Christian without a passion for those around them who are outside of Christ, and I will show you a Christian without vision who is playing it safe. It is not safe to go public with Jesus in a hostile environment, but there are many who are far from God’s love and forgiveness. We cannot play it safe.
Helen Keller, who was born blind, once said, “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.”
Today I want to call each of us to a renewed vision for Jesus’ cause of seeking and saving the lost. Let’s press His Kingdom forward by making His work known in our world!
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John's travels for ministry behind the Iron Curtain led him to found East-West Ministries International in 1993. John and his wife, Susie, live in Dallas, Texas and have a grown daughter and two grandchildren.