Author Reflections – Bible Smuggling Ingenuity
The woman moved slowly through customs. The security officers sifted through her single piece of luggage, which contained a variety of sweaters and other winter clothing. Her bag was zipped closed and she was waved through.
An hour later, standing in a darkened basement, the woman gave the contents of her bag to an elderly man. They didn’t speak, for they didn’t know the same language, but they did embrace briefly. The elderly man and his underground church now needed only a standard microscope to read the entire New Testament of the Bible.
The woman left the basement, confident that the micro-thread that she had sewn into the winter clothing was worth the risk. (Inspired by themes in Dark Liaison by D.I. Telbat.)
In the ministry, one frequently asked question that I hear is, “How do I know what God’s will is for me?” If you have the same question, here’s an equation to ponder:
God’s general will + God’s specific will for me = my Potential
God’s general will + God-given skills I enjoy = my Potential
What do you enjoy doing? It’s reasonable to assume that’s what God has given you to use. The skills God has given us, which we happen to enjoy exercising, is probably His specific will in our reasonable service for Him—to exercise for Him.
Maybe we’re not all called to smuggle Bibles into foreign countries, but we are each certainly called for something. God has a plan for each one of us who is a true follower of Christ.
I would love to hear about what you’ve been called to do for God, and how you came to know it.
See you in the field!