Snappy Ate Jumpy

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...delivering you from your people and from the Gentiles—to whom I am sending you to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.  – Acts 26:17-18 ESV

To set others free from sin and to restore families is the highest task in the universe. That’s what Jesus commanded us to do when He directed His disciples: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). We all have different roles to play in this task, but we are all called to be involved in it. And know this: everything God asks me to do is for my good, and He never makes mistakes.

I am not like God in this: I do make mistakes. I’m a dad, and every intention of my heart is for the good of my kids. But I am not in control of everything. This past summer I was with my family at a pond. What we like to do at ponds is to catch critters. So we had some success: we caught a bullfrog. And we appropriately named him “Jumpy.” We played with him, and we really bonded with Jumpy. But the time came to go home; we had to let him go. But Jed, my three-year-old, did not want to. I tried to be patient with him—I told him Jumpy would have the best life if he stayed in the pond. Finally Jed threw Jumpy back into the water. Just as Jumpy landed, we saw a snapping turtle come up and grab him! We were all shocked. One of my sons said, “Dad, Snappy ate Jumpy!” My promise about Jumpy was not fulfilled.

As I said, I’m not omniscient. But God is. And His promise—”I am with you always, to the end of the age”—is as good as His power and omniscience. Jesus will get in the trenches with you. People will leave you—guaranteed. But He will never leave you. If you say, “I want to give my life to your mission,” He will take that desire. He will use it for His glory.

Submitted by:
Dan Rude
The Great Commission
Faithwalkers Midwest 2016

One-Year Bible Reading
Joshua 21:1-22:20
Luke 20:1-26
Psalm 89:1-13
Proverbs 13:15-16

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