Availability

Douglas VanBronkhorst

READ : Hebrews 11:1-10

Faith is being . . . certain of what we do not see. (v. 1, niv)

Bart knew God wanted him to serve in a particular Muslim country, but it only allowed foreigners to live there if they offered some needed skills. That was a problem. He had a servant’s heart, but no special training and a degree that didn’t lead to an obvious profession. Nevertheless, Bart went. He entered a language school, but after three years his student visa expired. His desire was to stay, be helpful, and share Christ in a needy place. “God, what can I do?”

The answer came in two parts. First, a position in a business. It met the visa requirements but put him in contact with other foreigners more than nationals. The rest of the answer was more exciting. Coaching football for a university. American football! Several schools had clubs, but no one to teach the game. Bart was an avid fan, played college ball, and loved coaching. The position didn’t pay anything but did put him in contact with local young men. It tapped into his gifts and provided opportunities for witness. Surprisingly, football became part of Bart’s work as a “missionary.”

You can’t steer a parked car. Availability and a commitment to move forward, despite uncertainty, are indispensable for successful ministry.

PRAYER

Holy Spirit, I want to keep stepping out in faith to better know and do your will. Amen.