Mighty in Christ

Feb 05 2013 Published by under Missions

By John Bueno

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Have you ever felt totally insignificant? I must confess, I often feel insufficient for the challenges of the day. In light of the problems and obstacles that come along, it is easy to focus on the seeming impossibility of accomplishing all that God has designed. The task is vast, and human effort is so small by comparison.

God addressed this issue through the prophet Isaiah. He told the Israelites: “Abraham was only one when I called him. But when I blessed him, he became a great nation” (Isaiah 51:2, TLB). Abraham started out on his journey of obedience without an heir to fulfill God’s promise to become a nation. Somewhere along the journey, God fulfilled His promise and eventually brought the blessing of the Messiah to our world.

Isaiah emphasized that Abraham was just one person—one man walking in the desert day after day, seeking the fulfillment of God’s plan and purpose. But he also tells of God’s response to Abraham’s obedience: “When I blessed him, he became a great nation.” Can you sense the fulfillment of what God is doing through you by His mighty power?

He takes all of us as insignificant nobodies and makes us into a blessing to entire nations. I know sometimes the odds seem against us. We hear about all the people groups that have never heard of Jesus. We hear of all the Muslim countries that put up so many barriers to the overt preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Sometimes loneliness and discouragement take over, and we feel that the task is way too big and we will never accomplish everything God has for us in ministry.

I pray that the potential of God’s blessing on your life will be fulfilled. Even though we see ourselves in humble circumstances, we can be assured that when God blesses us and fulfills His promise in our lives, we can make a difference in a nation. This life-changing reality will also impact our homes, our churches, and every phase of our lives.

God wants to make us great influencers, even though in ourselves we seem insignificant. Continue to follow His call and let Him bless you and make your influence much greater than your ability.

John Bueno is the founder of Latin America Child Care and serves as Chairman of the Board for Global University. For more information about Latin America Child Care, visit http://lacc4hope.org/




4 responses so far

  • Carolyn Hittenberger says:

    Thank you, John. I am encouraged by the truth that He can “make our influence greater than our ability.”

  • Dr. Mary Logan says:

    Thanks for your insightful blog!

    I especially like your statement, “He takes all of us as insignificant nobodies and makes us into a blessing to entire nations.”

    A quote attributed to Helen Keller says “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.”

    Instead of being overwhelmed by the task, may God help each of us to do our part in His kingdom!

  • Thank you, John

    Definitely an encorouragement this morning. We often feel inadequate. I love the idea of just resting in God and let him drive my life. It is a lot easier 🙂

  • Alver Rance says:

    Thanks John for that encouraging word! We often share the sentiment you described, but yes, we can be a positive influence in our world!