WORTH OF RISK
By Mikka Susanti
Sitting at a coffee shop with a cup of hot cappuccino in hand, observing people around me…and suddenly I get lost in my own thoughts.
Wondering…“what would have happened if five years ago I chose to say no to God and not obey when he said; go to the nations and share the good news to the lost?” hmmm…..” I would truly regret it”, my mind uttered. “I agreed” and my heart responded.
Five years ago, I would have never thought of or even imagined becoming a cross-cultural missionary. It just never came to my mind. God gently yet seriously spoke and invited me to join this crazy adventure with him and promised me that I would get to see something that I would never regret. My life would totally be transformed. I knew this journey was risky but worth of risk and it would shake my faith.
Coming from a non-Christian family background and strong Asian culture, made it really hard to obey God’s calling. Like I said, It’s risky but worth of risk. I was praying and hoping to bargain with God. Maybe he wasn’t serious about it and would take his word back. Well…what he led me to, he really meant. This is the wonderful thing about Our God. He gives us free will to choose and the decision is ours.
I kind of knew what would happen if I chose to say yes. Well…I decided to say yes to God and gave my life to serve The Lord.
As I had anticipated, I would receive complaints and disagreements from my family, friends, and even my local church. Yet, I was glad that there were still some people who supported me to follow God’s amazing calling. I chose to take a risk rather than being a disobedient child of God.
This obedience led me to see the bigger world outside of my small tiny own world, out of my comfort zone. God brought me to see the beauty of the country of China, then to the land of smile in Thailand. I have been able to see the strong Hinduism country of Nepal and other places. Living in different countries has pushed me to embrace and humbly learn new cultures. Even though it wasn’t always easy, I can now see how it has changed me for the better.
I see how deep God’s love is to every tribe, nation, and people in the world, as I look deeply into the eyes of these people whom God has called me to share the good news to. I have seen the brokenness, hopelessness crushing their souls and the silent cry echoing like a sound of sirens. It has cut my heart open. I always pray that this mouth of mine will never shut to talk about God’s invitation to repent and be part of His family in Heaven.
God calls and leads us. Our response should always be, “yes! Here I am God!”.
Walking in obedience is easy to say but seriously hard to do and we all know how seriously the outcome of disobedience can be.
If we look back in history to the Israelites in the Old Testament, we will see that their disobedience led them to not seeing, “The Promise Land”. God’s intention was to lead them out of slavery from Egypt to enter a Promised Land.
“For the people of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, until all the nation, the men of war who came out of Egypt, perished, because they did not obey the voice of the Lord; the Lord swore to them that he would not let them see the land that the Lord had sworn to their fathers to give to us, a land flowing with milk and honey.” Joshua 5:6 ESV
Whatever God leads you to, have this perspective in mind; “God knows the best and I need to trust Him”.
Following God will lead and direct us to see his bigger picture for this world and our life as part of his Masterplan. He invites us to work together to see his Kingdom come and his will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. By partnering with him we are going to see how he actually sees us and how he works. It will totally change our limited ways of thinking and doing.
I remember the lyrics of the song written, “There’s a yes in our hearts and it carries through eternity, simple obedience it changes history”. Wow! Those are powerful words!
One act of obedience brings a huge impact in history and I believe that! One act of Noah’s obedience saved his family from flood, one act of Abram’s obedience made all families in the world receive blessings, one act of Jesus’ obedience set us free from sins and bondage.
We all should know that one act of disobedience can bring a huge impact. One can bring a blessing and the other one can bring disaster.
Which one would you to choose today? The choice is yours.
I have personally experienced how wonderful my life is, by choosing to live in obedience and have an intimate relationship with God. I have seen something great that I would never have seen if I did not follow His voice.
It is real!
This journey is full of challenge and struggles…but It’s WORTH OF RISK.
“The sheep know their shepherd’s voice. He calls each of them by name and leads them out. When he has led out all of his sheep, he walks in front of them, and they follow, because they know his voice.” John 10:3-4