I love to read books from other people who God has used to do great things in the Kingdom. I recently read the mid-90's autobiography by Franklin Graham called "Rebel with a Cause." Franklin is the son of Billy Graham and after a number of tumultuous years has been the guy who runs the ministry called Samaritans Purse.
It was an interesting book for many reasons, but there was one small thing in the book that really impacted me. Its the concept Franklin calls "God room."
To give you some background, Franklin did not start or found Samaritans Purse, he was simply asked by the founder Dr. Bob Pierce to come run it. It was actually Bob who passed on the idea of "God room" to Franklin and it has impacted his ministry ever since.
The idea is very simple . Dr. Bob taught that you need to let God do His work in His time. "God room" occurs when man does everything he possibly can, but failure or moderate success is the apparent result -- then something unexpected happens. A miracle occurs. When God wants to accomplish something that man can not do on his own, no matter how hard he tries or works, God brings the impossible to pass. This is "God room."
What is the point of "God room" as applied to missions at CCC? Simply this: if we want to accomplish some good things for the Kingdom, spread the good news to maybe thousands of people, and generally consider ourselves a mission-focused church, God may actually bless that.
But if want to see the good news thrive in places like China, Afghanistan, Mali, Tunisia, and many other difficult places, He is going to have to do the impossible. Nothing less than God's action is needed.
So what does this mean for you and I in very practical ways? Quite frankly, I'm still trying to figure that out, but here is one observation. When God taps on my shoulder to do something, and at first I am excited but then I come up with 20 reasons why I can't do it or it won't work, perhaps that's the best time to forge ahead. There is nothing better than being at the end of our human rope so that we can then watch God work. We have to make room for God, and that room is usually when we have reached our own limits.
In future blogs I am going to share what I think are some success and some failures in this arena. Some times where room was made for God and He worked, and some times when room was not made for God, so the results were more human oriented. Stay tuned.