“Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”
Colossians 3:2-3 NKJV
I am sitting on a plane going into Karachi, Pakistan as I write this blog and the scriptures above have been my meditation during this journey.
When you pioneer things in the the faith, you have step out in faith, you often take great risk, and you will be often told are you crazy?!
Sometimes the voices here on earth telling you your crazy to take such a risk, can seem louder then the Holy Spirit. This journey has been no exception, people criticized my wife or I for making a trip, questioning what about your son? What if this, what if that.. They were many what if's... Why do you want to do that type of stuff with your life?All of these emotions and worries that were being driven by fear kept coming up. As the voices of opposition external and internal got louder, the Holy Spirit kept opening door after door, and we had to determine in our hearts to do one thing, fix our minds on the things above. God orchestrated this, funded this and we just had to keep our eyes and our hearts on what's above. It's no longer our lives, we gave them to Him! Sometimes, we say it, we preach it.. And God asks us, are you sure you really mean that? Show me...
Are there valid concerns in this life, certainly! Are there valid concerns for this trip,certainly! The question is should this dictate my response to doing what God called me and confirmed to us to do? No.. If my eyes are fixed on Him, if my life is hidden in Him.. Then I yield my life, daily, and say Yes..yes I will go to Pakistan, Yes I will go to North Korea, yes I will plant that church in Cardington! Yes, Lord your servant hears! That is called walking by faith, not by sight or feelings... And it is risky, sometimes doesn't make sense in this world, but it part of stewarding this great seed of faith, encounter and His Spirit that each of us has been give. Faith is not always easy to walk in, but keeping your eyes fixed on what heaven is doing makes it possible! I promise when you step out in faith you will never go back!
Mark is an Apostolic Leader and global church planter. He is the founder of the Upper Room Church in Cardington, Ohio and he is currently planting a church in Pakistan as well as several regional campuses in Ohio. He is a former combat soldier, teacher, youth pastor, young adult pastor,who has traveled worldwide.