Sign on the Wall: Thousands have never heard because no Christians have gone.
C.T. Studd: “God, Why have no Christians gone?”
GOD: “Why don’t you go?”
C.T. Studd: The Dr’s won’t permit me
GOD: “AM I not the Great Physician? Can I not take you through? Can I not keep you there?
What is keeping you from fully obeying God? I am serious. Take just a few minutes and ask yourself, “Why am I not doing what I know (or am pretty sure) God wants me to do?” Maybe you are not being rebellious. Most of us would never say, “Because I don’t want to obey God!” or anything this crass. However, many times we search in our lives and find some pretty noble reasons.
- Well my kids are so young and vulnerable
- My Parents would never approve
- It is too expensive to do that
- God would never ask me to do something that isn’t fulfilling
Consider the conversation above between C.T. Studd and God. Are our reasons for not following God in his mission really a reflection of our lack of faith? Are we, by our inactivity, telling God that he is not good enough to protect us? Or that he is not powerful enough to keep us? Or that he is not wise enough to know what is best?
C.T. Studd served as a missionary in China and Africa. He was a leading figure in the Student Volunteer Movement.
Lord God, maker of Heaven and Earth. I want to believe. I want to obey. Help my unbelief and lead me into your mission.
Scott Hildreth is the director of the Lewis A. Drummond Center for Great Commission Studies. He frequently speaks on issues of missions, spiritual formation, missiology, and theology. Scott also contributes to SEBTS faculty blog www.betweenthetimes.com