Dave Short

Chicago, Illinois

National director of Campus Alpha, part of the Alpha Course

 

 

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Monday
Aug292011

Think BIG

(6)  So when they met together, they asked him, "Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?"  (7)  He said to them: "It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.  (8)  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses. In Jersalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."   Acts 1:6-8

The disciples' vision was so much more narrow than God's plan.  God's plan was to restore the whole world through Israel not just restore Israel.   How often do we think small when God wants us to think BIG.  

I am reminded of blind Bartimaeus.   When asked by Jesus, "What do you want me to do for you?"  He wasn't content to ask for bread or a new pair of sandals though any of those things would have probably been a welcome blessing.  He boldy said, "Rabbi, I want to see!"

Whoa, what a request.  Over the top.  Can you imagine the reaction of the people around Jesus?  The disciples?  "He really is crazy?"  "Dude, he asked for what?"  It was no small thing Bartimaeus was asking for. But God loves impossible odds.  I think sometimes God won't intervene until something is humanly impossible. It's then that He has ruling power.

To see the gospel effectively brought to every campus and every culture it will take proactive steps of faith and a BIG view of God.  Like i mentioned in my last entry, "May the omnipotence of God be the measure of our expectations!"

 

 

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