“All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”
That’s a good quote from the Summer Project website, featured in a video. It makes sense. We see a lot of ‘good men’ who we recognize for small achievements compared to eternal salvation. But when the calling comes, not many answer. A driving force for my ministry is this verse, which I may have mentioned before: “I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none” (Ezekiel 22:30).
God is giving people whom he wants to serve Him an opportunity this summer. I’ve answered that call, but I certainly cannot attribute my ‘goodness’ to the call. Men is full of evil, so it is by the grace of God that I am even called to this kind of work. But I feel much more wicked then ‘good men’, so it’s kind of a weird feeling. I know that there are Japanese students searching, though. “But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul” (Deuteronomy 4:29). It doesn’t matter who it is, but someone needs to be able to share the truth with them. Who will go if it is not our team this summer? “Salvation is here”, as Switchfoot states in their famous “Dare You to Move” song.
The toughness of battle is where God comes to help us most. I believe we must come to him in prayer, though. “For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, ‘Fear not, I am the one who helps you.’” (Isaiah 41:13). There is much to fear when going into battle, but God instructs us not to fear. Really, we only have to fear Him and His wrath, but we’re saved, so in a way we don’t have anything to fear.
By the way, about a month ago, I woke up one day scared. I was really scared that if I died right then that I would not go to Heaven to be with my Savior. It was a weird doubt. I quickly realized that I wouldn’t be doubting if I wasn’t saved. Truly, the heathen doesn’t care if he is saved. He doesn’t want to be saved. But, God has obviously chosen some to be with Him on His side of cavalry, and we need to preach the gospel to the world so that those who are called by Him can then be justified by grace (Romans 8:30).
There’s a lot to do to prepare spiritually. I hope to be able to dig even deeper with further blog posts. If you thought this was good, expect more good stuff, soon. See you!