The Need to Need What You Know
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I was a little stunned when I heard that we were celebrating not long ago the 20-year anniversary of the first Gulf War. Man, time flies! And it brought back to my memory an interview with a soldier who was there as they were about to go to war from Kuwait and into Iraq. She said, "You know, we had gotten training when we were in boot camp in chemical warfare." And she said, "We kind of dozed off, and you know, didn't take notes, threw paper wads, whatever. It was just boring stuff." She said, "Now they're covering chemical warfare again, because we're about to go into Iraq where they have them." She said, "We're taking notes, we're asking questions, we're staying late after class." I thought, "Wow! What a big difference; same material, same information." What was different? All of a sudden soldiers knew that their life could depend on what they were learning, and they were going to need it, not just know it.
Now, our word for today from the Word of God comes from Matthew chapter 28, verse 18. Jesus is just about to ascend into heaven and leave His disciples. "Then Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.'" Wow! What a great statement! And Jesus has saved it until this moment. You can almost hear His disciples say, "Oh, that's a good one. Remember that one. That's a great statement. 'All authority has been given to Me in heaven and in earth.' I like that. That's powerful."
Do you know why He waited until now to give it to them?
Listen to what He says next, "Therefore" - what's the therefore? Well, because all authority was given to Me, "Therefore on that basis...go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you."
Here's eleven guys standing on a mountain, and Jesus says, "I want you guys to go take care of the whole world." Whoa! It's a good thing He said, "All authority has been given to Me." All of a sudden that's not just a great wall plaque. That's not just a great quotation to write down. There are lives, there are ministries going to depend on it. He is giving them a mission that is so much bigger than they are. They're going to need that power as they've never needed it before.
See, you don't know God's power until you really need God's power. You have the need to need what you know. I've watched a lot of yawning youth group kids suddenly grabbing their Bible, learning to pray, asking questions. You know why? Well, suddenly they're on a mission trip, they're away from home, they're pushed to the limits physically and emotionally. And suddenly they need for the first time what they'd be hearing for years.
Like those soldiers in that class. They weren't interested in the material until they knew they'd need it to stay alive. Now, what's it all mean to you? Well, you need to be out on a limb for the Lord before you're going to really experience His power. Safe Christianity is boring Christianity. You need to get busy doing something for the Lord; not just knowing things about Him, learning about Him. You've got to do something.
So, take the plunge. Take that Sunday School class. Yeah, go ahead and take it. Get involved in that outreach program. Go on that mission trip. Get involved with some group of people who need you. Become committed to actively sharing Christ with the people around you. Or say yes to that invitation to get involved in some part of the Lord's work as a volunteer.
Get out on a limb where you're taking some risks for your Lord serving Him so you get beyond yourself; because you'll meet Him there in a way you can't meet Him anywhere else because now, you need to need what you know.
Distributed by Ron Hutchcraft Ministries, Inc.