Thursday, January 16, 2014

Catching the next wave & moving into the future of missions

By Regan Penning

As YWAMers, we have heard a lot about waves over the years. There is of course, the original vision of the waves of young people covering every continent. This was the vision that birthed Youth With a Mission in the first place. The were the young people, going into every place, bringing the gospel to the streets. 
There are the waves that came from every nation, washing over every nation, that represented the idea that missions is not only for westerners. The Bible that the young woman in an African tribe is reading says the same thing as my Bible. It says, "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit," (Matthew 28:19 NASB) It is a great commission for all Christians, not just western Christians. 
Last night, when Loren shared with us over a choppy Skype connection, we watched this video of a guy in Portugal surfing the biggest wave ever. In order to get up on top of the wave, he had to be taken up on a jet ski. 
Loren likened this to the next wave of missions that is coming. It is a huge wave, and like none we have ever seen or experienced before. It is coming whether or not we are ready for it, and the jet ski that will take us to the top, to ride this wave, is unshakeable faith. Faith that will see the mountains move. Faith that will see the impossible become reality. Faith that will see those nations which were once hostile to the gospel, become nations that will send the gospel into the rest of the world. Into the hard places. Into the fields that are ripe for harvest. 
“As you look around right now," asks Jesus, "wouldn’t you say that in about four months it will be time to harvest? Well, I’m telling you to open your eyes and take a good look at what’s right in front of you. These fields are ripe. It’s harvest time! (John 4:34, 35 MSG)
It is time for our eyes to be opened to what is right in front of us. One of our YWAM leaders said yesterday, "We must have eyes to see, and ears to hear, but also minds to understand what these things we see and hear actually mean."

We are being challenged in our faith, people. It's time to ask ourselves, do we really believe what we say we believe? 
It is time to take a step back and remember one of the basic tenets of our mission, that at the foundation of everything else, is hearing God's voice, and obeying what He says. 
A song we have sung ad nauseum since we came, says, 

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You've never failed and You won't start now

People, listen! God has never, NEVER been unfaithful. So why do we so often shrink back when it doesn't seem to be happening the way we thought it would?
Psalm 16:8 says, "Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken."

It is time for faith. It is time for opening our eyes. It is time for the harvest. 
Let's go!

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