Yesterday, the Senior Pastor of the church of where my family and I serve were discussing the previous day’s accomplishments of 44,000 plus 18-25 years olds at an annual event called Passion 2012. Among many goals that were met, one of the most amazing was for those otherwise broke young people to give over three million dollars to combat human trafficking and human slavery throughout the world. Oh yes, they raised this amount of money in four days. Over three million dollars in four days.
As we were talking I became inspired about the goals we set for ourselves and how we either come together to accomplish them or we fail by reason of a unified and inspired purpose and cohesive goal. In a specific case, our church wishes to retire an existing debt so that the church might go on to build a more permanent sanctuary. Over time that will happen, no doubt. But what keeps a large group of people from becoming so unified and passionate about it that they rise up and meet the goal in a quick manner. I said to our pastor something he already knows, “Us meeting that goal of building the new sanctuary is nothing to God. A God with unlimited resources.”
A classic example of how a unified group of people can accomplish the impossible is found in the Bible. Allow me to pick out a few key phrases from Genesis the eleventh chapter.
The whole earth used the same language and the same words.
They found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there.
They said to one another, “Come let us make bricks…”
“Let us build for ourselves a city.”
“Let us make a name for ourselves.”
“Let us build a tower that will reach into heaven.”
And the Lord came down to see the city.
The Lord said, “They are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them.”
They were so unified in their goal that God himself had to come down from Heaven and stop them.
Why did they have to be stopped? Their motives were wrong in that they wanted to do this for themselves.
However, what would happen if each one of us had the courage to join together with others and accomplish good, fight injustice, strengthen the weak and most importantly bring the Good News of the Gospel to people who need it so badly. Do you actually think God would hold back his unlimited resources from those types of people?
It really comes down to motive. Is it about us? Or, is it about Him and serving others?
I would encourage and challenge you to jot down some small goal or project that you and a few others could join together to accomplish and then continue to build on your goals and your network of people until the goals you set are impossible for your group to accomplish on your own. That is when God will step in.
One of my goals for 2012 is to find people of affluence and match them up with people of influence and watch how those two elements together can bring help to needy people and causes. As I was discussing this goal with John Hill, (his real name), we both agreed it can be done which is the first step. Find Person A and bring them together with Person B then Need C will be accomplished. It just takes people to connect the dots. Person A and Person B don’t often know how to find each other. The person to connect the two is what I call the Dot Connector.
Write this down on a sheet of paper. Affluence + Influence = NEEDS MET
Be a dot connector.