Tuesday, July 1, 2008
A Good Perspective
I was just reading an article in a magazine published by Dallas Theological Seminary that made me stop and think. The article featured a Turkish missionary (and DTS student), Yuce Kabakci. His spiritual mentor was one of 3 christians who were slain in an attack on the publishing house that distributes Bibles in the area. Yuce recounted the experience to his fellow seminary students and stated: "When you preach the gospel, do not say 'God has a wonderful plan for your life.' Tell people, 'Jesus is worth dying for.'"
Those are powerful words. It is too often that my thoughts center on what God is doing for me. In America especially, we do not yet see the same type of violent persecution that our brothers and sisters do in other parts of the world. I have to emphasize the word "yet", because we are currently in an ideological battle that may lead to Christian persecution soon. It is true, God does have a wonderful plan for our lives, but it is much bigger and far more wonderful than my little perspective acknowledges. Father God, grant me a bigger perspective, because Jesus is the only one worthy of my dying and my living.
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.