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Our national insanity

"Our national insanity" Continued...

Issue: "50 years after the bomb," Sept. 21, 2013

What do you say to Bethlehem College and Seminary graduates who want to go where the greatest need is, whether it’s here in America or at frontier missions? Most of us don’t make our decisions about life calling by a rational calculation of where the greatest need is. That’s partly because it’s impossible to discern where the greatest need is, and partly because you can’t know what the ripple effect of your life is going to be whenever you invest it somewhere else. What if you invest your life at Point A and the effect was that a person was converted who had a greater impact on Point C than if you went to Point C? I tried to figure this out for my life. I never could. I’m just not God. 

How should Bethlehem College and Seminary students discern where they should go and what they should do? We learn about missions and the great need of unreached peoples. We learn about the brokenness of people in wealthy America. We learn about our gifts. We learn from a church that is watching us and confirming or not confirming various gifts in our lives. We learn as we read the Bible to see God’s heart regarding various issues. We take all five of those learnings, put them in a pot—and when the smoke comes up then you follow where it blows. 

You decide by ... By what’s burning in your heart. I pray that each graduate will have a different and appropriate burning—and they’ll follow the burning. It may be a simple church in a rural town in Minnesota or it may be the most scary place in Pakistan—and you have no idea which one of those will have the greatest impact. What God wants from us is a love for holiness, a love for people, a love for obedience.

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Marvin Olasky
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Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.


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