Midweek Wake-Up, January 3rd, 2018
What are your goals for 2018? At the AIM fall supper, Dr. Grant Richison spoke about the mindset of William Carey. When we travel to India and Bangladesh it is remarkable how many of our Christian brothers and sisters speak about William Carey like their spiritual grandfather. Carey faced considerable opposition and ridicule towards his passion of taking the gospel overseas. As a young minister at a meeting of Baptist leaders in the late 1700s, he was abruptly interrupted by an older minister who said, “Young man, sit down! You are an enthusiast. When God pleases to convert the heathen, he’ll do it without consulting you or me”. Thankfully Carey didn’t listen. Carey understood something of what the apostle Paul talks about in Colossians 1:28-29:
He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.
It was as Paul labored so strenuously that God worked through him with the same power of God that raised Christ from the grave – blood, sweat and toil coupled with resurrection power, both working together. William Carey said the following: Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God. This so captures the biblical balance of how God works through us as believers. The apostle Paul and William Carey lived this statement out in their lives and as they struggled, suffered and laboured, God worked powerfully through them and did amazing things. They expected great things from God and God did great things through them. So how about taking this statement as your banner for 2018: Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God. What would it look like for you and for our NSC family to take hold of this in 2018?