Today a young man will wake up in an African village. He will not read from Scripture over a cup of hot coffee. There is no such thing as coffee in his village… nor are there any Bibles. He will however demonstrate some semblance of recognition of a higher power he believes controls the rains and the growth of his meager plants. He will ask this god to show him favor.
“At the top of my game now,” thinks the young man of himself as he stares blankly at the figure speaking and gesturing from the front of the room. His recent promotion has opened opportunities he’d only dreamed of before. Closing on his harbor front home would be the final touch to make him the envy of friends and family alike.
The drought has left little hope for food in their village. The young man shakes the dried gourd filled with pebbles toward the sky… hoping to awaken his god from his obvious slumber.
The figure at the front of the room seems to be ending his prolonged discourse. “Why such long-winded messages,” the young man sighs silently. He glances at his watch, realizing if this service doesn’t end soon, he’s going to be late for his dinner reservation which will definitely mean missing the first quarter of the game. He grimaces as the man preaching says something about our indebtedness to carry the good news of Jesus to the farthest corners of the world…
Has God provided an equal opportunity for everyone today to hear the gospel? Indeed, He could have simply given the same level of revelation to all people groups everywhere. Or, He could have strategically placed a great knowledge of Himself in a central location. In this strategic location He could have provided all of the necessary funding and resources so that the good news of His Son would find its way into every crack and crevice of the nations. His strategic location could be inhabited by those whose only desire is to be like their Lord, who gave Himself for them. He gave everything, and in turn, they do likewise. It seems that either scenario accomplishes the same task.
Why then is a young man in Africa still shaking a gourd toward the skies?
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