In a crowd of over 1000 people I listened to Christine Caine from Hillsong describe a faith in God that wholeheartedly believes His promises. I nodded my head when she paraphrased the book of James exclaiming that “faith without works is dead”.
I listened to her story of going against all of the human trafficking experts and tackling the real problem that exists in Greece. She said that they hired consultants to help them figure out an effective strategy to initiate efforts in Greece, and for their time and money, received a resounding recommendation to not initiate in Greece.
Her frustration was met by God’s faithfulness, as she stepped out in faith and believed in our really, really big God (instead of the experts) and they have helped over a thousand girls to safety in the past two years.
Nothing Is Too Big For Our God
Our God likes to show up in the impossible. Christine referenced the story of Sarah whom became pregnant at the age of 90, PAST the age of childbearing.
Genesis 18: 10 -11
10 Then one of them said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.”
Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. 11 Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing.
1 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him.
Or for me I just remember the immaculate conception of Mary or the fact that God created the entire world into existence.
Isn’t it funny that Christians can believe that God actually created the universe, but then many of us wonder if some of the miracles in the bible are just metaphors. Hmmmm….
Are You Looking for a Miracle in 2011
Anyway, at the end of the church service, the home pastors asked the congregation if any of us needed a miracle to happen in 2011. These pastors were believing that God was going to show up in some amazing ways in the coming year, and like Christine, reminded us that our faith ensures God’s faithfulness. “What is your miracle you are believing and praying for?” they asked.
I panicked. I believe wholeheartedly in God. I love miracles. But, if I was honest, I didn’t NEED any miracles. God has blessed our family and my thoughts were more like “God, I just want to do more for you this year.”
“My problems are minuscule compared to the power of Your miracles Lord.”
“I would like my new products to get into hands of Christian small business owners.”
“I am praying for scholarships from my daughter’s first choice college.”
“We definitely need to fix some things on the house this year Lord.”
But, I am not wasting a miracle on this stuff!!!
It bothered me all the way home. I can’t think of what I would need a miracle for.
This was in the late afternoon. Sunday morning at my home church we reviewed the parable of the servants and the talents in Matthew 25:14-30.
Then the thought hit me. If I don’t think of bigger things to step out in faith for our God, I may be like the servant who buried the one talent. Yikes!
My Plans Are Just My Plans
In my business this year I have put together plans. I have a budget. I am staying on track with what I truly believe is God’s vision for Crossroads.
Am I stepping out in faith. Do I have any goals that would make sure that without a shadow of doubt, it was God who showed up to make it happen? Are my goals such that I can’t even fathom of actually achieving them in my own strength? Do my goals require my full dependence on the God who:
- gave Sarah’s aged womb a son.
- brought Lazarus back from the dead.
- created the universe and mankind.
- and came to dwell as man, died on the cross for our sins, and rose to sit at the right hand of the Father.
I don’t think so.
Back to the Drawing Board
I think I have to go back to the drawing board. I have to dream God-sized dreams.
If my true heart is to do more for His Kingdom in 2011, then ever before, I need to ratchet things up more than 10-20%.
Maybe you have huge God-sized goals for your business in 2011. Maybe you are praying for that miracle for things to just be okay….to keep your head above water. Maybe you are stepping out in faith because you know that nothing is too big for our God. If this is you, please share with us your goals. We want to join you in prayer!!
If you are like me, and you want to step out in faith in a bigger way in 2011, we will be praying as you rethink your plans and goals. That is what I will be doing in the next week or two, so please pray for me. Share your ideas with us!
As Christian’s in business, let’s be a light in this world in 2011!