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Topic: Missionary (10/19/06)
TITLE: The Eye-Openers
By William Cox
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When my family and I were walking to our shuttle bus after our first night there, a couple of older ladies were walking behind us, joyously talking about their own experience in the park.
The one lady said, “With all those lights and all of that imagination and after everything I’ve heard about this place…it really is magic”.
The other replied, “Yes, I really sensed that too”.
It was interesting to me that they attributed a creative imagination and flawless engineering to an outside force or power. They witnessed the creation and ideas of a man and concluded that it had to be magic. It had to be something other than just what they saw that made it all happen. Now, whether they were serious about it, I don’t know. Yet, the thought remains…as massive as God and His creation are, how is it possible that people cannot see Him and have that same exhilaration and excitement? Like the man who passed by me at the churro stand with his walking stick in hand; he heard everything around him, yet couldn’t see to put it all together.
I’ve been to third world nations and have seen the altars with the inscription, ‘To The Unknown God’. I’ve witnessed how zealous and religious people are for this Unknown God and how far they will go to please It/Him. It’s the Missionary who brings the message of letting this God be known. The Missionary, who lives and demonstrates and assimilates Christ-likeness into other cultures and paradigms concerning who this Unknown God is and what He desires from us. The feet of the Missionary are blessed by the heralding of this Good News as they walk in foreign lands and strange places that aren’t anything like home. Missionaries tell the story and the Holy Spirit lifts the blindfold from veiled eyes. They are the eye-openers of God throughout the world.
Everything we have as a New Testament body of believers is a result of the work of a Missionary. Jesus came to a foreign land in a foreign body and told us the Good News about Himself and of the place He came from. This great Kingdom that makes you feel like a kid again as you dream of all the possibilities and limitless wonders that you’re mind can conceive…and even more. Where you can get on board and ride the train all around the park and see things that leave you in amazement and awe. That’s the entire mission…telling people how to get there by knowing who you know.
I heard about Disneyland and I went. I saw and experienced things that I never knew existed. Therein lays the message and the mission.
“I, even I, have spoken; yes, I have called him. I will bring him, and he will succeed in his mission”. (Isaiah 48:15)
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