“Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God”
William Carey served in India. His passion for missions came from reading the travel journals of Captain James Cook. He wrote a booklet, An Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians to use Means for the Conversion of the Heathens. This booklet presented a biblical reason for missions as well as exploring the real needs for missionaries in different countries. He is known as the Father of the Modern Missionary Movement. His influence on protestant missions is without equal.
What are you doing that requires you to trust God for success? No seriously. I know that we trust God when we drive or fly. I know that raising kids requires faith. But what are you doing that, if God does not answer your prayers you will look like a failure? When was the last time you felt like you experienced God’s answer to a prayer or rewarding your great faith?
Let me ask another question: What is one ‘great thing for God’ you can attempt?
William Carey’s quote above is intended to push us beyond our excuses into a life of full dependence on God. When you think about obeying God’s missionary call or shaping your life to conform to His will, does this test your faith? Don’t shrink back. Don’t let your puny, earthbound faith keep you from full obedience to God. Henry Varley, a British evangelist, once said: “The world has yet to see what God will do with a man fully consecrated to Him.” Will you heed this call?
God my Father, maker of heaven and earth. Forgive me for the times my lack of faith has led to disobedience. Develop in my a faith that drives me to trust you and attempt great things for your glory and in the name of your Son, Jesus.
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