Steven Furtick is someone I highly respect, for many reasons. In one of his devos he talks of “a land of promise and perhaps”, explaining how both can peacefully coexist. He was specifically referring to 1 Samuel 14, where Jonathan gets tired of inaction and decides to take his bff on a two-man commando team death squad raid in the enemy camp. Oh, for those who will come alongside radical God-dreamers and risk all for the sake of loyalty to a leader and to a good God!
You probably know the story. Here’s a recap: Jonathan sets out a crazy plan and his bud says, “Go for it, man! I got yer back!” Jonathan qualifies it by ending with, “I know He can… perhaps He will.” Which seems like an oxymoron until you remember that we live by faith and that the lamp to our feet, Psalm 119.105, doesn’t extend past one or two steps; risk is always involved in obeying God because we never see the whole picture. One man can make all the difference in the world. Two changed the course of a nation.
This quote sums up how I feel about my hero Jesus, who lived a life of complete obscurity until His Father decided it was time for Him to shine.
“He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family, or owned a home. He did not go to college. He never lived in a big city. He never traveled 200 miles from the place where he was born. He did none of the things that usually of company greatness. He had no credentials but Himself…
Twenty centuries have come and gone, and today He is the central figure of the human race. I am well within the mark when I say that all the armies that have ever marched, All the Navy’s that have ever sailed, all the parliaments that have ever sat, all the kings that have ever reigned – put together – have not affected the life of man on this earth as much as that one, solitary life.”
There’s actually a little controversy over who actually wrote it but many have attributed it to James Allen Francis. I love these words and would like to share them with you today, dear reader. It reminds me that I’d rather live a life of total surrender, believing to do mighty things with God, than a comfortable life I had made for myself through my own self-effort, producing little impact on anyone for eternity.
One solitary life, whether it be a Jonathan or an un-named bff, can influence both the seen and the unseen. Do you have a dream today? One that burns deep but you’re afraid to pursue? I say along with Joyce Meyer, “step out and find out”. You’ll never know what He will do with a submitted life and a crazy plan until you risk all. Go for it. I’ve got your back.
Kari, the armour-bearer
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