Great Exploits

But the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.
— Daniel 11:32

This week one of my regulars at the coffee shop approached me and said he wanted to talk. 

A friend of his has been helping kids with cancer for years through a Christian organization. When his own child was born he had leukemia. Some time later his friend posted that the leukemia was all clear!

And then some time later, he posted that it was back full force and they were leaving it, "In God's hands."

"What do you do with that?" he asked with genuine concern written on his face. He said he didn't know how to respond because he isn't religious at all. 

As I weighed out coffee beans, I told him that leaving it to God doesn't mean we shrug responsibility. It meas we do what we can in our limitations and we believe that God, who's sovereign, will do the rest. Even if it means that He's there to comfort us when the worst happens. 

Then last night, one of my classmates with church background made this statement: 

"Laws, laws, laws, no mercy! That's the God of the Old Testament!"

"It's different when you read it with God's heart," I said. He almost dismissed it but the Holy Spirit urged me on. "Most of the destruction that happened was consequences of people's actions. God only wanted to love them and they pushed Him away." He nodded quietly. 

Great exploits don't always mean preaching before thousands, going on missionary trips, or healing hundreds. It could be speaking life into a concerned regular at a coffee shop; bringing truth to someone who walked away from the church; it's loving the girl who most people dismissed, because I don't get to choose who's deserving of love and who isn't. 

Sometimes it's a mother who intercedes for her children when they face the ugliness of the world; it's a loving wife who honors her husband and supports him. Great exploits are simply being obedient to God. 

You can preach and heal and see lives transformed; you can be a light in your home and at work. It's simple. Everyone who knows me knows that I'm a Christian. They see how I live. It isn't perfect and in fact, most of the time it's raw and blunt. But I know people see Christ in me and they see His work in my life because given enough time, they come to me when they're not sure what to do. People see the light in me when I'm just serving their coffee and chatting in the early hours of the morning.

Great exploits come from having relationship with God and following His leading. He strengthens us when we cannot stand--in turn, we strengthen everyone around us. 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
— 1 Corinthians 15:58