Make My Mission My Top Priority

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”  – Matthew 6:33. 

Does your smartphone affect your to-do list? Could this marvel of technology redirect my day, causing me to miss God’s best for me? I think so, and here’s why. If you are old enough you remember the house phone, and I do mean singular as in one. There was no call-waiting beep or answering machine. And of course, no email or texting. So if you wanted to reach someone, you had to keep calling until you got through. Or maybe head to their house and knock on their door. So much has changed today.

A typical day starts with checking some sort of communication device to see who might have emailed, posted, or texted. Then, before we begin to handle what’s most important to us, our day begins by responding to what’s most important to others. So rather than being proactive, our days are spent in reactive mode. The question is how attentive are we to the spiritual things of life. We expect that somehow spiritual things will take care of themselves—but do we make a conscious effort to make spiritual matters a top priority in our life?

If so, what is it? In a fast-moving world, what grabs our attention is what is faster, better and brighter. We are accustomed to instant answers and results. We are masters at multi-tasking, trying to get everything done in our own time.

Jesus says in Matthew 6:33 (CEV) in the Bible, “More than anything else, put God’s work first and do what he wants, then the other things will be yours as well.” God expects us to work and live, while centering our life on Him and His kingdom as we work and live. Now, I’m saying it’s not wrong to go after other things. We do not need to spend all our time or energy in spiritual pursuits. There is a difference between priorities and responsibilities.

What Jesus is teaching us here is to clearly establish priorities in your life. Let your first priority be following Christ. Jesus says, focus your attention and hopes on the things of the Lord. If you are going to be consumed with anything, be consumed with His kingdom. If God’s priorities become our priorities, He will take care of our needs. C.S. Lewis wrote, “ put first things first, and we get second things thrown in. Put second things first, and we lose both first and second things.”

That intuitively makes sense. There are many distractions and demands today, and it can be confusing. But the message of the Bible is clear. Let God into every area of your life, and you will be amazed at how He will guide and help you. Enjoying the best life possible is about who directs your life. That’s because whatever force has first place in your life will drive your decisions and shape your future.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Is it possible to have a life on mission? Why or why not?  
  2. What can we do this week to eliminate the distractions that may be keeping us from fulfilling our mission?  

The Four Lepers

“Now there were four men with leprosy[c] sitting at the entrance of the city gates. “Why should we sit here waiting to die?” they asked each other. We will starve if we stay here, but with the famine in the city, we will starve if we go back there. So we might as well go out and surrender to the Aramean army. If they let us live, so much the better. But if they kill us, we would have died anyway.” – 2 Kings 7:3-4.   

There is an amazing story found in 2 Kings 7 about 4 lepers who decided to risk it all. Four people had no status, no resources, and only a faint ray of hope that something good could happen to them, but they found the courage to take a step into the dark, into the desert, and into a destiny, they never dreamed possible. 

The four men were starving outside the gate of a besieged, starving city.  These four dying men reached a moment of desperation:  “If we go into the city we will die of starvation due to the lack of the garbage, that day-by-day was let down to them over the wall;  If we surrender to the enemy they may kill us also.  What do we have to lose?” They decided to risk it all and visit the enemy camp.  When they arrived, it was vacated.  The enemy had fled in the night, frightened by a loud sound from God. They were suddenly rich as kings.  

Suddenly, one of them had a thought. “It’s not right.  We must go tell them.  In the city, they are killing each other over crumbs and we have a mega Sam’s club.”  When they returned to the city, they shouted over the wall that there were untold riches just over the hill.  No one believed them!  The king said it was a trap. They finally sent two horses out who confirmed the amazing story was true. 

When you open the Bible to 1st and 2nd Kings, you think you would be reading about the great and the mighty, the magnificent and the illustrious.  So it is surprising that many of the stories talk about the poor and the distressed and the despairing.  Why would the Lord use lepers as part of the story? 

Did you know if you were to take out of this Bible all of the stories of the poverty-stricken and the brokenhearted, you’d have hardly anything left? The stories of God’s humble and poor on the earth, comprise the whole Bible; the story of Joseph, as he is sold into slavery (Genesis 37:26-31); the story of the little baby Moses, set afloat on the Nile (Exodus 2:1-4); the story of Job, sitting in ashes, crying in agony for the afflictions God hath sent upon him (Job 2:8, 3:1-26); the story of the two widows who came back homeless and helpless, gathering sheaves, handfuls left for the poor in the fields of Boaz (Ruth 2:1-17); the story of the widow, whose son was sold for the debts of her deceased husband (2 Kings 4:2).

Think about how you have a choice every day—either to fulfill your mission and follow God’s calling or sit there waiting. Substitute a God view for your world view, then you will see how God will lead and direct you into a lifelong ministry that will be a blessing to a needy world around you.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What can we learn from the story of the four lepers? 
  2. There, their future was uncertain. This would have to be a step of faith. One slim thread: Have you ever been in that situation? 
  3.  What can we do this week to not “sit there” but move forward in fulfilling our God-given mission? 

Mission Wisdom

“I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power.” – Ephesians 1:16-19

Wisdom is something that, on balance, we’d all like to have. Problem is, it involves sacrifice. Sure it’s a great investment in our futures, even in the present – this thing called wisdom. Throughout the Bible, we are constantly challenged to learn God’s wisdom, to live God’s wisdom, and to love God’s wisdom.

The wisdom of God tells us that God will bring about the best possible results, by the best possible means, for the most possible people, for the longest possible time. So whatever your life is like right now, God is wisely and sovereignly ordering your circumstances to do something in you, through you, in your marriage, in your family, in your work, in your witness, and in your worship that could not be accomplished if you were going it alone. If there was a better, faster, more expedient way, God would be using it. The good times and the not-so-good times were orchestrated or allowed by an all-wise, loving Father to bring about the best possible, longest-lasting results for His glory and your good. And that includes the mission God has for your life. 

We need to understand that there is no plan B or plan C, there is only God’s plan A for your life. In 2020 there were a lot of circumstances that that seem to contradict this teaching. We don’t know enough to fathom why pain and suffering and injustice and tragedies happen to us. Like Job, we come to God with our questions. But in the end, God simply points out that in the grand scope of things, we know nothing. It takes time and repeated lessons in humility to bring us to the place where we can rest in His wisdom and trust His plan. But there are a few spiritual booster shots that can help us get there:

A.W. Tozer, in The Knowledge of the Holy, wrote these words about God’s wisdom in our lives: “To believe actively that our Heavenly Father constantly spreads around us providential circumstances that work for our present good and our everlasting well-being brings to the soul a veritable benediction. Most of us go through life praying a little, planning a little, jockeying for position, hoping but never being quite certain of anything, and always secretly afraid that we will miss the way. This is a tragic waste of truth and never gives rest to the heart. There is a better way. It is to repudiate our own wisdom and take instead the infinite wisdom of God… God has charged Himself with full responsibility for our eternal happiness and stands ready to take over the management of our lives the moment we turn in faith to Him.” (A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy, p. 63.)

Discussion Questions:

  1. How would you define wisdom?
  2. What does it take to be a person of wisdom?
  3. How did Jesus model the wisdom of God for us?

What Do You Do When Things Seem Hopeless

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” – Desmond Tutu. 

What do you do when you have messed up? You’ve gotten yourself in a bad situation as a result of poor choices and you’re not sure how to get out. Is it possible to get yourself in a situation so bad that there is simply no way out? 

Maybe it started as a small spiritual matter and escalated until one day you look around and wonder if there is any way out of this. Sounds like the story of Jonah. The Lord had a ministry assignment for Jonah, but instead of going where God told him to go and doing what God told him to do and being what God told him to be, he went the other direction. He runs. But are we all that different? We struggle with everything God tells us to be in His Word. The same goes for everywhere God tells us to go in His Word. There are times when it goes against our logic or view so we don’t feel like doing what God is asking us to do. So in one way, shape or form, we run. 

So what do you do when you’ve messed up? Jonah convinced himself that his way was better than God’s. He convinced himself that doing God’s will was optional and that he could do what he wanted and go where he wanted to go and get away with it. He didn’t. Jonah went down to the bottom of the sea.  But what about us? 

Studying the story of Jonah is an opportunity to evaluate whether there is any way in which we are running from God today either by commission: doing something God does not want you to do, or omission failing to do something He does want you to do. It could be that you are at odds with another person in your life and you know the Bible says that you should communicate with and try to be reconciled with that person. But you don’t like that idea. In fact, you feel the bitterness is warranted. Whatever is causing you to run, often leads to being in a hopeless situation; there seems no way out. But there is a way out. If you would be willing to repent, if you are willing to agree with God’s mission for your life, there is great hope for you regardless of what God had to use to get you to this point, and regardless of how long it took you to get there.

We need to conclude with Jonah that running from God is a terrible idea. The better idea is to draw near to Him, walk with Him, fellowship with Him. Jonah chapter 2 is a beautiful blend of the justice and mercy of God.

Feeling stuck in life or a situation can sometimes lead to isolation or confusion. When we don’t know what to do or what’s next it’s always best to have someone to talk to. And in those times of seeking counsel or community, God, the creator of the universe, wants to be there for you. God wants to comfort you and give you wisdom in times of darkness or confusion. Through a relationship with Him, we have a place to turn when we have nowhere else to go. If you feel hopeless or lost, you can find rest and comfort in the love of God today.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Do you believe God is in control of everything? Explain why you believe He is or is not in control of everything.
  2. When was the last time you obeyed God even when His order did not make sense to you?  

What We Can learn From Jonah’s Prayer

“Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from inside the fish. He said,“I cried out to the Lord in my great trouble, and he answered me. I called to you from the land of the dead and Lord, you heard me! You threw me into the ocean depths, and I sank down to the heart of the sea. The mighty waters engulfed me; I was buried beneath your wild and stormy waves. Then I said, ‘O Lord, you have driven me from your presence. Yet I will look once more toward your holy Temple.”….As my life was slipping away, I remembered the Lord. And my earnest prayer went out to you in your holy Temple…But I will offer sacrifices to you with songs of praise,
 and I will fulfill all my vows. For my salvation comes from the Lord alone.”
– Jonah 2:1-9.

It is harder to imagine a more unique prayer closet than a big fish. But this is where Jonah prayed to God. Jonah makes a series of questionable series of decisions and subsequent steps. Maybe you can see yourself in a few of the steps that Jonah took: God gives us a command to do something. After quick consideration, we decide we are not going to follow His command. We believe we have valid reasons for not listening to God. God allows a crisis moment in our lives in which we believe we have hit rock bottom and we cry out to God. We ask for God’s forgiveness and the opportunity to be restored out of the mess we find ourselves in. God restores us and sets us on the right path again. We understand God’s original command and decide to do what God is asking us to do. 

So here we have Jonah, lying in the belly of a fish, seaweed wrapped around his neck, and generally having a very bad day. It would seem like to good time to cry out to God and Jonah does. It is very unlikely that we will find ourselves in the same circumstances as Jonah, but there is something in Jonah’s prayer for you today.  For example, we can learn the fundamental truth that God is always accessible.  

“Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from inside the fish. He said, “I cried out to the Lord in my great trouble, and he answered me.” (Jonah 2:1-2)  Jonah was a prophet, but he was infallible. The prayer in Jonah 2 is the words of a desperate man who could have turned inward and sunk further into separation from God.  But he realized that even in his sin, God was still close by.  God could have allowed Jonah to drown.  He could have started over with someone else.  He did not.  In His grace, He allows the fish to swallow up Jonah and in that, Jonah realizes he has been spared and given a second chance.  As dark as the place is where he sits, God is not far off and distant. God is near.   

The prayer also points out that God wants to restore us. “As my life was slipping away, I remembered the Lord. And my earnest prayer went out to you in your holy Temple.” (Jonah 2:7) 

Sometimes we feel unworthy and undeserving. We have nothing to give to Him, nor could we ever repay Him. The great thing about Jonah’s change in the belly of the fish is that it forces him to rely upon the character of God, not his own.    

God is just as close in your tough times, your trials and your desperate moments as when the seas are calm around you.  He hears and answers your prayers as He did for Jonah. 

Discussion Questions:

  1. Why is it important to pray when you feel hopeless? 
  2. What can we learn from Jonah’s prayer that we can apply in our lives this week?  

When You Hit Rock Bottom

“Sometimes God lets you hit rock bottom so you will discover that He is the rock at the bottom” – Toby Mac.    

There’s an old cliché that says, “There are no atheists in foxholes.” In other words, when the battle rages and the bullets fly, people tend to pray. There’s just something about realizing that you’re out of options and in need of divine intervention. Jonah experienced this kind of moment as the sailors tossed him overboard into the rough and stormy sea. You see, Jonah didn’t like the idea of preaching in the dangerous city of Nineveh, so he ran. That was Jonah’s first mistake. Thankfully, even when we run from God, God never stops pursuing us.

When we run from God, we will continue running into God. As Jonah ran, he stumbled into one problem after another. Some of those problems impacted his own life, while other problems spilled over into the lives of others: the sailors on the ship found out that God will show up even if you are running from Him. Jonah should have read what Jeremiah said in chapter 23 verse 24: “Can anyone hide from me in a secret place? Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth?” says the Lord.

Sometimes it takes hitting rock bottom. It took Jonah being tossed into the sea and facing imminent death before he asked God for help. It didn’t have to be this way for Jonah, and it doesn’t have to be this way for us. You don’t have to be in the belly of the fish to hit rock bottom. It can happen in the form of a personal tragedy, accident, sickness, relationship crisis, job loss, or financial problem.  

After 3 days in the stomach of a whale, where God provided for Jonah and changed his heart, Jonah was given another chance. His rock bottom was the firm foundation for rebuilding his life to higher levels than he ever imagined before. God caused the whale to spit him up and Jonah survived the whole ordeal. And don’t miss this, Jonah turned around in the right direction and headed to Ninevah. It wasn’t too late for Jonah to do the right thing. It’s not too late for you and me to do the right thing either. We may have been in a bad situation making some bad choices, screwing up this thing called life, but it’s not too late for us. God hasn’t given up on you. He can use this. He wants to use us.

Jonah went to Ninevah and God used him to change the entire city. God uses people who have gotten on the wrong path. God uses people who have made a real mess of things on occasion. God is searching for people who are willing to turn themselves around and start making the right choices today.  

There’s real hope for whatever you’re going through, whatever loss, whatever hurt. God offers hope to people that hit rock bottom. There’s hope. God is waiting and watching and longing to forgive you.  There is a father to cleanse you and to restore you and to empower you and give you a second chance.  There is a father who gives you a clean slate and puts you on a new path.

Discussion Questions:

  1. When have you, like Jonah, been in a desperate circumstance of your own making? How did you respond? What do you learn from Jonah’s response? 
  2. Is there an area of your life that you are desperate to change? Is there anything stopping you from praying? 

Stuck In A Rut

“How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults. Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” – Psalm 19:12-14. 

Humans are creatures of habit and can get attached to routines. While repeated patterns of doing things are essential, if put on autopilot, their effectiveness diminishes. Consider your spiritual life: Are you going through the motions, feeling like you were stuck in a rut? In Psalm 19, the Psalmist is telling us if we want to connect with God in an intimate way, communicate with Him through prayer. 

If you want to pray passionately, if you want a genuine concern for your holiness, if you want to pray from deep within the heart, if you want the opposite of a spiritual rut, knowing you are hearing God and He is hearing you, refrain from instantly asking God for something. The first 11 verses of Psalm 19 are focusing on hearing God, learning from God, and reflecting on what God has said in His word and nature.  

When you listen to God, then you know God is listening to you. If we never listen to what God has to say and we are simply talking over Him by only making requests, a real conversation with God is not happening. If you skip right to your needs without connecting with God personally, it is one-way communication.

If we never seek to hear His voice it’s no wonder we feel disconnected from God and stuck in a rut spiritually. Prayer is a conversation. God speaks and listens to us, and He expects us to do the same. When we connect with God, God can lift us out of any spiritual rut.

Ruts often occur because we default to thinking that God is big, and therefore removed, distant, and has better things to do than care about our daily anxieties. Yes, I know He “cares” about me. He cares about everyone. But right now I feel like there is a chasm between God and me and as a result, prayer seems futile. The beauty of God’s love is that it survives spiritual ruts. The most faithful and happiest Christians in history have experienced spiritual ruts. 

Diligently seeking God is the only way to get out of a religious rut. He will help you see things differently and give you a new attitude that is refreshing and attractive. People will gravitate to you hoping a little of your enthusiasm and positive mindset for God will rub off on them. Times with God will be exciting and stimulating as you make conscious decisions to learn from Him in every encounter.

Spend time in prayer each day with your Heavenly Father and watch the rut disappear.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What constitutes being in a spiritual rut in your mind? 
  2. Do you feel spiritually stuck in a rut, stagnant, going through the motions, too comfortable? How did you move past it?
  3. What can you do this week to move out of a spiritual rut? 

Jonah, Us, And Trust

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” – Colossians 3:12-14 (ESV).

The story of Jonah is a story that can seem a little outlandish for the average person. They can’t wrap their minds around the storm, the big fish, the city’s revival, the sun, the east wind, and the plant all playing a role in this four-chapter saga. If not for the Christian’s belief in the inerrancy and validity of Scripture, it would be easy to see this as fiction. The reality is we can relate to Jonah because we too have the urge to run when God is seeking to interrupt our life and plans with His plan.   

I wish Jonah had the hindsight of reading the four chapters as we have. He would have seen that what he considered an unreasonable request was really an invitation to participate in one of the more supernatural events in all the Old Testament—one that would not only make a mark in the Old but the New Testament as well. Luke 11:30 says, “What happened to him was a sign to the people of Nineveh that God had sent him. What happens to the Son of Man will be a sign to these people that he was sent by God.” He couldn’t have known that his story would be studied by millions desiring to draw closer to his God. 

How often are we in a place where we either can’t figure out what God is doing and disagree when God invites us to change our plans for His? It is easy when everything is going well. But what happens when the road is strewn with potholes and God seems to be leading you into the middle of nowhere. We accept God’s power and sovereignty, but we do question His plans just like Jonah. If we could only see the end of the road. 

The good news is we don’t need to see the end as much as we need to remember some fundamental truths. God can’t be measured. God can’t be contained, nor can He be explained. But He can be trusted. God sees more than we can see. He knows more than we know. He works in ways beyond our comprehension. (Isaiah 55:8-11) And if we agree to follow Him only when we understand and agree with what He’s doing, we’ll never experience a life built on trust.  The Bible is littered with examples of trust.  David praised God in the wilderness, even though he didn’t understand why he was running for his life instead of sitting on the throne. The Israelites praised God with a mighty shout before they knew how Jericho’s wall would fall. We can praise God as well knowing that what we know about Him is far more important than what we don’t. 

The question for you and all of us is: Will we trust Him? The unexpected is always an opportunity to experience more of who God is. When we finally stop focusing on our plans we can begin to see God begin to work His higher purposes.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What does trust in God mean to you? 
  2. What competes with or inhibits our trust in God? 
  3. What does trust empower us to do?

God Is In Control

“Believe steadfastly on Him and everything that challenges you will strengthen your faith. There is continual testing in the life of faith up to the point of our physical death, which is the last great test. Faith is absolute trust in God-trust that could never imagine that He would forsake us.” – Oswald Chambers

Most everyone is familiar with the book of Jonah. Ask almost any child who goes to church and they’ll tell you Jonah is about a big fish, or a man running from God, or the bad people of Nineveh. In reality, the book of Jonah is about none of those things. Yes, they are all important parts of the story. But the book of Jonah is also about something completely different. Jonah is a book written to reinforce the fact that God is in control.

God speaks the first words in the book of Jonah (1:1-2) and He speaks the final words (4:10-11). Book, kids programs and most sermons focus on the actors of the story (Jonah, fish, etc,). Few resources focus on God as the central character in the book of Jonah. It was God who sent the storm to halt Jonah (1:4). God sent the big fish to save Jonah (1:17). And, lest we forget, it was God who sent Jonah in the first place and God who saved the people of Nineveh. Jonah is a book about God and His sovereignty.

Nineveh was the capital of the Assyrian empire. History tells us the Assyrians were brutal people who were notoriously cruel to their enemies. The Assyrians and the Israelites lived in close proximity and had battled in the past. The city of Nineveh was large and was a pagan culture that would not have taken kindly to a Jew telling them to seek salvation from His God. God had pity for the people of Nineveh, who were far from God. God had pity on us when we were far from God

We have to always remember that God has compassion for the lost. We were once like the people of Nineveh. We were like the pagan sailors bowing down to false gods.  We were like the wayward prophet knowing of God’s mercy, but not truly knowing His mercy personally.  We were lost so God sent His Son Jesus Christ to demonstrate true compassion. This is the epitome of compassion. Jesus gave His life for us and now He expects us to do the same.

Jonah reminds us God is in control. He is sovereign and only He controls outcomes. God didn’t need Jonah to preach to Nineveh, but in His great pleasure He chose to use His sinful servant. God does not need to use us to call His elect to Himself, but it pleases Him to do so. Embrace your calling to share the gospel with the lost, not because you fear a big fish, but because you desire to see God’s glory multiplied on the earth.

God is in control of all things and His control always works for our good.  We may not always feel His presence or see His hand, but we can know for a certainty that God is working.  God is working because God is always at work.  Jonah shows us God’s gracious control to pursue the disobedient prophet, the pagan sailors, and the people of Nineveh.  God is working, so ask yourself, “Will you work with Him? Or will you flee from Him?”

Discussion Questions:

  1. Do you believe God is in control of everything? Explain why you believe He is or is not in control of everything.
  2. When was the last time you obeyed God even when His order did not make sense to you?  

A Strange Solution

“Throw me into the sea,” Jonah said, “and it will become calm again. I know that this terrible storm is all my fault.” – Jonah 1:12.

On the surface, being asked to be thrown into the sea seems a strange solution for the problem that Jonah was facing. Follow the timeline. God tells you to go to Nineveh. You don’t want to do it, so you run away. Instead of going where God wants, you go on a vacation cruise. God sends a huge storm, which threatens your life and the lives of everyone on board. The crew finds out the storm is because of you, and they ask what can be done about it. What is the logical answer?

The logical answer is, “Turn around! Head the other direction. Take me to Nineveh. That’s where God wants me to go.” But Jonah tells them to throw him overboard into the sea. It would seem that Jonah would rather die than go to Nineveh. We do not know if he could swim or not, but in a storm like this, it would not matter. Throwing a man into a storm like this is essentially putting that man to death by drowning.  

What is more surprising still is looking at this from the viewpoint of the sailors. They were pagan, idol worshipers. But they are hesitant to throw Jonah overboard so they try to row back to land. “Instead, the sailors rowed even harder to get the ship to the land. But the stormy sea was too violent for them, and they couldn’t make it.” (Jonah 1:13)   

They cannot make it to land, and the sea gets more violent. So they finally do what Jonah asks. But first, they do something rather surprising. They pray. Before they throw Jonah overboard to his death, they pray to God. They know He is in control of the storm, and hope that He does not hold them accountable for killing one of His children.“Then they cried out to the Lord, Jonah’s God. “O Lord,” they pleaded, “don’t make us die for this man’s sin. And don’t hold us responsible for his death. O Lord, you have sent this storm upon him for your own good reasons.” Then the sailors picked Jonah up and threw him into the raging sea, and the storm stopped at once! The sailors were awestruck by the Lord’s great power, and they offered him a sacrifice and vowed to serve him.” (Jonah 1:14-15)

They are obeying a God they know nothing about.  In response to their actions, in response to their prayer and throwing Jonah overboard, the raging sea grew calm. They were awestruck by the Lord’s great power and vowed to serve him.

Unbelievers may believe when we finally do what God wants us to do. Look at the sailors. They’ve seen the storm immediately stop. They were awestruck by God’s greatness and they worshiped God. And they offered a sacrifice to God, and they made vows. They made promises to God, “God, we’re going your way from now on.” The whole ship is converted. When you start fulfilling your mission, people around you that you never thought would be believers in God or Christ, are going to come to Christ. It just happens. Because, all of a sudden, they see that you are walking in calmness, not in stress, and not in a storm. And they go, “Whoa, I want that in my life.”

Discussion Questions:

  1. How can your mission in life impact unbelievers?