Summary: God's global purpose for us, unity, receivers or reproducers
The Great Why of God
(God’s global Purpose from the beginning till today)
Daniel 3: 28-29 (p627) Sept. 25, 2011
I had spoken at the South East Christian Church men’s breakfast a couple of weeks before the package arrived in the mail…it was a book from my buddy Joe Donaldson…who now leads this Saturday morning study that Bob Russell use to lead…it’s a huge gathering of men…several hundred.
I had shared about being the prodigal in the parable…Joe sent me this book called “The Cross and the Prodigal” “To My bother Rick…this book has totally opened my eye to the richness and depth of this amazing parable….so I looked through it…each chapter seemed to start with an Arabic drawing…I didn’t get it….but appreciated Joe’s thoughtfulness.
That same day I had lunch scheduled with a friend…Let’s call him Dan (that’s really his name) I’d known Dan for 13 years…Dan was the youngest (or one of the youngest elders on the board when I came…Dan and I have butted heads on more than one occasion…but everything changed a couple of years ago..
Dan went from being in charge of His own company. Highly successful in this worlds eyes…to utter dependency on God…and God begin to d o some weird stuff…at the same time Dan’s security began to crumble…God began to open doors. Doors that he could have never imagined...or even wanted…Doors into world missions…God opened doors into the lives of people Dan at one time hated and would have just as soon seen annihilated from the face of the earth.
This journey would bring Dan, his wife and family into an open door to the Arabic World.
So as Dan & I ate lunch together on this same day I received the book from Joe Donaldson..He and his wife had just returned from living abroad in the Arabic world and going through language studies…and I said, “Dan, could we stop by my office and can I show you a book by Kenneth Bailey my friend sent me…And Dan said, I love Kenneth Bailey…I’d love to see it.!
As I opened the book in my office…Dan saw the Arabic Drawings…He said…we’ve just studied some of this…”that’s outside that symbol means “Son”…Outside the Father’s Will”.
And Dan and I stood in my office…tears in our eyes and Dan said…”I’m sorry…and I said, “Dan It is an amazing thing to see what God has done with you and your family…I ask him “would you trade where you’re at with Jesus right now…would you subtract all you’ve been through with what god has revealed in you and through you?” He said…”No Way” and I said, “Me too”
Most of us would choose the comforts of America…the security of what we have…or believe we must have.
Dan had the American Dream and discovered its rubbish in comparisons with “the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord…it’s worth losing everything to be found in Him.” (Phil 2:7,8)