Outside The Box?

There is a danger facing us in Deaf ministry as well as in our local churches. The danger is that we continue to repeat the same things over and over, without any results. When we become content with repeating things over and over just because we have always done things that way, we will eventually have a ministry that is dead, or dying. I want to encourage you to think about a new phrase that touched my heart in our own ministry. A few years ago, Dr. Ted Camp challenged me with these verses. “Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes; For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited” (Isaiah 54:2-3). What do these verses mean today? It is not talking about us setting up a tent in our backyard. It is talking about us growing our ministry in God’s work. The phrase that God has touched my heart with comes from my desire to do more to be more effective in the days ahead. I want to think outside the box (the normal way of doing things), while staying right in the middle of the will of God. “You can get out of the box, but don’t get out of the book” – Dr. David Synder, BIMI. There is a balance that is needed. I want to do things differently, but I don’t want to get out of God’s will for me. I want to be willing to try new things, and new ways, but I do not want to get away from the foundational truths of the Word of God, or the Great Commission. I noticed that Saul and Barnabas changed the “normal” ministry of the church when they left the church in Antioch to begin the first missionary trip. Peter left the Jews to go to the home of Cornelius, the Gentile. Ruth left Moab behind to find the man God wanted her to marry in Bethlehem. God has blessed men and women of the past, and He will bless us if we stay within His will!

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