WILLS POINT, TX – K P Yohannan, founder of Gospel for Asia (GFA World), has been the model for numerous charities like Gospel for Asia Canada, and Metropolitan of Believers Eastern Church, to help the poor and deprived worldwide — shares about the daily decisions we make, and the importance to consider the future by faith, in light of eternity.
Abraham had just heard God’s voice telling him to leave his country, his relatives and his father’s house and go to a land God would show him. How was Abraham going to make the right decision?
Logic told him to stay where he was and not listen to mysterious voices. Furthermore, for him to leave his relatives and father’s house would mean that he had no one to protect and rescue him should he get in serious trouble. Besides, it made no sense to trade his present affluence and comfortable lifestyle for a harsh, nomadic existence.
It’s amazing that in spite of all these reasons, Abraham still decided to walk away from everything he knew and follow God’s call to the Promised Land. What caused him to make the right decision?
It was the fact that he did not look to the present with all its comforts and benefits—but rather to the future and to the far greater blessings God promised him: “I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great. . . . In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed. . . All the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever” (Genesis 12:2–3, 13:15). What a statement!
We, too, make decisions every day: what college we should attend, whom we should marry, where we should live, how we should spend our funds and finances, how we should vote in government elections, what we should do with our time, what church we should be part of, in what way we should serve the Lord—and a thousand other choices. We can learn a vital lesson about making the right decisions from Abraham: The most significant element in making the right decision is considering not the present condition, but the future. In other words, what does our decision mean for the kingdom of God and in the light of eternity?
Making Eternal Choices
Although Abraham received God’s glorious promises for the future, some of these promises were still decades—and others, centuries—away from becoming reality. What did Abraham do in the meantime? He lived in anticipation of seeing these promises fulfilled, and he made his daily decisions by faith, in preparation for what he believed was going to happen in the future.
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God (Hebrews 11:8–10).
Abraham acted just like rice farmers in India, who right after the monsoon season prepare their paddy fields with their water buffaloes. Then they sow the seeds all over the field. They cannot see them, though, because the field is flooded. But if they just wait a few weeks, all the little green plants will come up; and if they wait a few more months, they will reap a rice harvest.
In ministry as well as in our personal life, even though we’ve planted the right crop, it doesn’t guarantee there won’t be trials along the way just because we are believers. Often when we encounter difficulties, inconvenience, pain and relationship problems, our immediate reaction is to second-guess the decisions we made. And if things don’t change in our favor soon, we walk away, telling ourselves that it must not have been God’s will after all.
Sticking with Our Decisions
Abraham was different. Although he encountered hardship, famine, enemies, war, personal failures, family problems, 25 years of waiting for a son and the Mount Moriah test in his Promised Land, he never reversed his decision and quit his life of faith. And what happened? God used each of these difficulties to teach him, change him and cause his faith to grow stronger.
If we determine to stick with the right decision regardless of the adversities we face, God will use each one of our trials for a greater purpose. Our character will become more Christlike, our faith will grow, and we will become more useful for God’s kingdom. My dear brothers and sisters, only eternity will prove and show what our life meant here on earth. When Abraham made his decision, I don’t think he had a comprehensive understanding of the significance of his choice. In fact, I think he was surprised when he went to heaven and learned the significance of his role in God’s purpose for the nation of Israel, for the coming of the Savior of the world and for us, the Bride of Christ.
KP Yohannan, founder and director GFA World (Gospel for Asia) and Metropolitan of Believers Eastern Church, has written more than 250 books, including Revolution in World Missions, an international bestseller with more than 4 million copies in print. He and his wife, Gisela, have two grown children, Daniel and Sarah, who both serve the Lord with their families.
Gospel for Asia is a Christian-based charity serving the “least of these” in Asia since its beginning in 1979, often in places where no one else is serving. Gospel for Asia workers serve on the field as the hands and feet of Christ by ministering to people’s needs so they can understand the love of God for them for the first time. Gospel for Asia helps provide funds for dozens of projects, such as caring for poor children, slum dwellers and widows and orphans; providing clean water by funding wells; supporting medical missions; and meeting the needs of those in leprosy colonies.
Find out more about Gospel for Asia in the video “A Year in Review with K.P. Yohannan.”
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