2003-03-13 - Mission Work
Have you ever seen the movie, Field of Dreams? Great movie, even better message. For those of you who haven't seen the movie, Go see it! For now, I'll explain it. This guy buys a farm and is out in the corn field, and hears a voice say, "If you build it, he will come." So he looks around and sees a baseball field. He decides to actually build that field. Then a whole bunch of dead baseball players come and play on the field; then he hears the voice again, and it tells him to "Ease his pain." so he goes and finds some guy - and then they go and find some other guy - and then they go back to the field. He is going to lose the farm because he doesn't have any money, because he spent it on the field. Then a whole bunch of people come, and after that, he comes. If you want to know who he is, go watch the movie.
Anyway, the point behind this was that this guy, Ray, hears a voice - and even though he doesn't really know what he is doing, or why he is doing it - he still does it. He travels across the country because a voice (that he doesn't even know where it comes from) tells him to. This is like us and God; He tells us to do something, and even though we are in the Koolaid but don't know the flavor, we still have to do it. (Don't understand it) Who are we to question the will of God?
Think of the story of Noah. He is 600 years old, lives in the desert, and God tells him to build an ark because it is going to rain for 40 days and nights. First of all, the Bible says that before the great flood, God watered things from beneath the ground, so these people hadn't EVER seen rain, much less even knew what it was. So Noah has to tell them that God is going to make water fall from the sky and kill them all. How crazy that must have sounded to them, but Noah had to believe it. And against every thing he had ever known, he had to build an ark and gather two of all the animals in the world.
I don't know what I would have done. I might have just blown it off and said, "Eh, must have been the wind,. or maybe those crazy kids playin' another joke on me." Can you imagine hwaving to tell the world that every one of them was going to die? Woah! In 1 Peter 3: 13-14, it says,"Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. 'Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.'"
God's Word, For the Children of God, "Thanks be to God"
Love you all,
2 Timothy 2:22