Before salvation, God starts a cycle of courage in all of our lives. Do you remember where you were when you accepted Christ? I was 10 years old at an outdoor outreach program sitting in the bleachers by a high school football field. I remember during the invitation asking my father if I could go forward for prayer. My heart was pounding. My palms were sweating. God gave me courage. That night I took Jesus only for salvation. I look back now and know that had God not given me courage, I don’t know if I would have ever known Jesus.
How about you? When you trusted Christ, do you remember being fearful? If you went forward like I did, then it took courage to get up out of your seat and go forward to pray to trust Christ. Many have taken courage beside their beds or in a coffee shop with a trusted friend. The settings are endless. Each requires courage.
I’ve met so many Christians without a sense of mission. They have salvation for themselves, but they have no sense of mission in their lives from God. Does God only call some Believers and not others? No. As we read earlier in Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus gave us the Great Commission. This is not a mission for only some. A Believer without a mission is like water that’s not wet. It’s impossible. It can’t be.
For example, look at Abraham. God told Abraham, “I will bless you and make you a blessing.” Abraham is the spiritual father of every follower of Christ. We all know people who are dormant in their relationship with God because they took the blessing, but are yet to become a blessing. Why do some Believers become a blessing to others while others just stay blessed but never become a blessing to others? The difference is found in discovering the need for courage, our obedience to God, and whether we choose to be a blessing or not.
Courage is a choice. At salvation we experience God, receive Jesus, and give our lives to God. The very next morning the opportunity to experience, receive, and give continues. God always has more for us. The more of God we experience the more courage we will need.
Let’s not kid ourselves. Every one of us has experienced knockdown, drag-out, fighting with God, ourselves, and others over the fears that rise up when we are confronted with how much higher God’s ways are compared to ours. Oh, we need courage alright.
Anyone who says following Christ is for wimps has clearly never met Jesus. Thank God He primes the pump with courage before salvation so we can make the choice to trust Jesus for salvation. If God didn’t prime the pump with courage, we’d never know Jesus.
As I said, once we come to Jesus, courage becomes a choice. It is best seen in what I refer to as The Courage Cycle. Allow me to explain:
As we ask God for more, we receive more of God. The more of God we receive the more courage we need to obey. So, we take more courage and ask God for more. The more courage we take, the more of God we receive. The more of God we receive, the more courage we need to take.
The first time God gave me courage to ask Him for more was when I prayed, “God, if there is more to you than this then I want it.” The more I experienced God, the more courage I needed. The more courage I took, the more of God I received. The more of Him I received, the more courage I needed in order to obey God. The more courage I took, the more of Him I received.
About Kevin White
Kevin White is a Christian pastor, international speaker, and an international best-selling author. As a writer, Kevin’s newest book, Audacious Generosity, is a best new Christian Book of 2020. Audacious Generosity was an instant international best seller in India and the United States of America. Audacious Generosity is the New Book to Read in 2021. Look for it among Christianity books on Amazon and everywhere books are sold. Kevin’s why for life is to extend access to Jesus to all people world-wide. Kevin loves to motivate people how to encounter the presence of God in their everyday life.
As a seasoned entrepreneur, Kevin has started and helped start hundreds of businesses, churches, and nonprofit organizations. Kevin is an expert in church leadership and business development. Kevin’s shepherd’s heart can be seen in his speaking and writing. He integrates Biblical principles and worship into everything he does. Kevin’s strategy is to help people transform into the likeness of Jesus. Find more from Kevin White including his blog, podcast shows, YouTube Channel, and Generously Blessed 1MM One Minute Motivational Series at https://kevinwhite.us
About Global Hope India
Kevin White is the Founder/Executive Director of Global Hope India, a Christian mission organization focused on sharing the gospel in India and among Indian Nationals world-wide. We facilitate virtual mission teams to India and short-term mission teams in-person in India. These teams empower the church in India with pastoral training, youth pastor training, children’s ministry, church planting strategy, church planting ministry, and medical missions.
Global Hope India is a Christian charity that raises funds for India. 92% of every dollar given benefits gospel outreach projects in India such as church planting, orphan care, clean water projects, bibles, medical clinics, etc. Our partners in India serve the Baptist mission in India, Church of God in India as well as independent Christian churches. We do one thing – advance the gospel in India. We do it in one way – through the local church in India. Join us today by praying for India, giving to God’s work in India and going virtually or in person to make disciples in India. Find out more information at https://globalhopeindia.org