I (Brett) was reading Isaiah 9 and felt it had strong relevance to the challenge we see of getting people out of the common way of doing Christianity and into a kingdom walk. The big hurdle has little to do with leave, time commitments, or finances. It has to do with the possible new future for people, and how our enemy is determined to help people avoid it. The two phrases that hit me from Isaiah 9:1 were “In the past…” and “but in the future.”
As I look back over the past [almost] ten years, I see that some of the consultants and clients were at a junction when they chose to do the rēp training and Venture, but they did not know it at the time. For them it turned out to be a decision of whether they would fulfill their destiny, slip into mediocrity, or in some cases, have their future wrecked. This sounds dramatic because it is. Many have been clutched from a life of corporate drudgery and are now ruined for good. Some have been spared from disastrous relationships or partnerships. They have, quite literally, a new future.
“but in the future”
Some I know got to the “future” because of the intervention of friends. Nicole, for example, emailed 23 of her friends and said, “I believe one of you should go through rēp training and go on a Venture, and I will pay for you to go.” Two weeks later she emailed her friends again and said, “I have not heard from any of you yet…” and Sandra soon raised her hand and signed up for the training. Sandra said, “Both of her messages hit me like a stone and I realized I was really being called. I deleted the first one (as the good Jonah that I am) and when the second one came, I knew it was time to go.” Hardly an over-eager recruit. But four months later, Sandra was an empowered marketplace minister. She has spiritual children in South Africa and became a prayer partner with her client (business leaders who now impact 50,000 people in their business household). Now, five years later, Sandra has recently co-founded a nonprofit, Solid Ground International, dedicated to the help, assistance, and healing of individuals exploited by human trafficking.
One person, in this case Nicole, persisted with her friends. Sandra heard the call, served a couple whose marriage was saved (thereby impacting their kids forever), transformed a business in South Africa (along with many others through her work at Oracle), and now Sandra is creating new futures for hundreds more through Solid Ground International, its partners, and the people it serves. Well done, Nicole, way to go, Sandra… and Yay God!
You too have it in your power to change someone’s future. Whose lives will you impact this year? This is the season to start a new future
I want to challenge you to actively ask God to place on your heart two or three people for whom you can pray, whom you can pursue and urge to begin the kingdom journey on which you yourself have embarked. May God honor you for your efforts, and may he give us no rest until we see our friends and acquaintances thrust on the kingdom road.
- Pause for a moment and ask God to remind you of who helped change your future.
- Now ask him whose future you might be a part of changing.
- List two or three practical things you can do to make this happen.