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A Challenge to Consider the Stewardship of Your God-ordained Sphere of Influence

26 Sep

The last couple of posts have been thoughts from David Platt’s book Radical. The following excerpt is a powerful plea to consider the unique means that God has given us as well as the unique positions that He has lifted us to, so that we will honestly ask the question: am I a faithful steward of the resources that He has graciously entrusted to my care?

“Consider what happens when all of us begin to look at our professions and areas as expertise not merely as means to an income or to career paths in our own context but as platforms for proclaiming the gospel in contexts around the world. Consider what happens when the church is not only sending traditional missionaries around the world but also businessmen and businesswomen, teachers and students, doctors and politicians, engineers and technicians who are living out the gospel in contexts where a traditional missionary could never go.”[1]

Consider the volume of opportunity that you have today. We live in a land of unusual opportunity that has never been experienced at any other time in human history. The conveniences of the modern world and the United States are mind boggling. What are we doing with what God has given us to advance His kingdom? I appreciate the last statement of the section, which was actually the summation of Platt’s thoughts in this section.

“So where will you go? How will you let God stretch you? The challenge is, as an individual or as a family, to spend 2 percent of your time over the next year going to another context in the world with the gospel.”[2]

His point is simple, and I challenge you to consider taking his challenge to heart. Why not take one week, that is only two percent of your next year and as a family (father/son, grandfather/grandson, husband/wife, or entire family) go to a foreign field and experience the blessing of going outside your culture to assistant a church planting missionary and see God use your family to advance His kingdom!

[1] David Platt, Radical, (203)

[2] Ibid, (204)
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