Welcome to day 4. As always, listen to the audio 👆🏾 as you follow along in the text 👇🏾. Don’t forget to leave a comment😁
Hebrews 12:1-3, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
I am especially in love with this great reminder that Jesus is the founder and perfecter of our faith. We are able to believe that God can accomplish all things in us because Jesus laid the foundation for it. Not only that, but Jesus is also committed to to perfecting (Finishing) his purpose in us. All He asks of us is that we listen and obey his instructions.
In January, 2010, I attended a youth camp organised by Hillsong church in Sydney Australia. As expected, the environment of worship was extraordinary. I was a long way from home, surrounded by young people from all over the world seeking God.
This one night, we were clustered into groups of 4 and tasked to pray for one another. The group I was in was like a miniature United Nations gathering. We had an American guy from the United States, a guy from Singapore, there might have been one Australian, and then there was me… the Ugandan. We were all basically strangers to each other.
We started praying and I remember the American guy asking me where I was from. I told him I was Ugandan. Then he went ahead to tell me that he felt God calling me to serve among the Young people of Uganda. A said a quick amen and we continued with the rest of the session. I didn’t give it much thought. At that time, I was just excited to be at Hillsong church for a youth camp.
Fast forward to October 2011. I was about to complete my bachelor’s in Audio engineering. I was caught in the wonder of what happens next after school is done. Again I went to a youth conference. But this time I purposefully went to pray and ask God for guidance on what to do next after school.
While on the bus on route to the conference venue, I sat next to an Australian guy called James Adam Robertson. James and I connected for the first time on that bus ride. Before we got to the conference venue, James interrupted our small talk and said he felt strongly in his spirit that God had big plans for my life. He said he saw many young people in Uganda encountering God and I should be expectant for what God has prepared. Again, I said a quick amen and we moved on.
During a prayer moment at the end of the conference, a Malaysian guy I was sitting next to echoed the same words James had told me. At this point, the message was clear. There was no quick amen. God had given his instruction and it was my turn to obey.
Naturally, I began to remind God of all the hustles of youth ministry in Uganda. I had been part of a couple of mission trips and youth outreach programs. I was well acquainted with just how difficult all of this was. Don’t get me wrong, I was very passionate about serving God and I am very passionate about our country. But this invitation wasn’t an easy one to receive.
Here is some context. In the two years leading to this moment, I had been studying Audio engineering at one of the leading schools in the world. I was serving as a volunteer at Hillsong Church. Basically I had been exposed to the best the world had to offer. And God was calling me to serve in youth ministry in Uganda, with the promise that He was able to do all I had seen and more if I simply obeyed.
Not only did this sound expensive… it simply looked impossible. In a lot of ways, it still sounds and looks impossible. But here we are, 10 years down the road still serving God’s mission of helping young people find purpose in Him. Our capacity to do this today Is by far greater than what it was 10 years ago. Along the way, God has done many things that seemed impossible.
Believing that God can finish what He started isn’t easy. I’m not suggesting that he has finished the work He is doing in me. As a matter of fact, God is still stretching my world and challenging me to dream bigger because his mission for people is that important to Him.
The only way that you and I can learn to expect and believe that God can indeed keep his promises and finish what He started is by dedicating our selves to a life of intimacy with Him. The time we spend in prayer, individually and corporately matters. The time we spend reading, memorising and speaking His word matters. It is in our intimacy with God that he gives us His vision and the faith we need to trust Him.
Yes, God’s plan and purpose for you will look impossible. But that’s why He is God and you are not. Jesus is the founder and perfecter or our faith. If you try to carry out His vision without His guidance, you will certainly fail. But that’s because you are limited by your capacity to succeed and fail.
But God isn’t limited. He is still sovereign over all. So lean into to Him. Pray more passionately everyday. Follow his instructions. Be faithful with every opportunity He has given you. Then sit back a watch God do the impossible in your life.
Good and Gracious Father
Indeed, Nothing is impossible for you
You are God. You see further than our eyes could ever see
May we never loose sight and try to be self sufficient
May we always remember
That only hope anchored in you can expect the impossible
Teach is to trust you
And to fully rely on you
In Jesus name we pray
John 4:34 (MSG)
Jesus said, “The food that keeps me going is that I do the will of the One who sent me, finishing the work he started.
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.