Let me tell you about “…Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David and Samuel and the prophets who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight…”
Then there was a woman spy named Rahab, a rebellion named Moses and a murderer who was known as the “destroyer of the firstborn.”
Hebrews 11 sounds like an action, packed,
modern-day superhero movie!
As contemporary missionaries, we read the ancient text and can’t help but think what our ministry today would look like if we had lived then. When we read the words, “quenched the power of fire,” we can’t help but feel like we are…well…coming up short. Our brothers and sisters, in Christ, sound super-bold, super-brave, and super-fearless! In all our travels, in our daily work, in our daily life, we have never shut the mouth of a lion or had to escape the edge of a sword. And if we are honest, we have never desired those things.
We do have those “unstoppable” days when it feels like we have victoriously slain a dragon, and we can keep on going for a hundred years.
In our time, It seems that our wage on the war for the kingdom is more against the clock, lack of resources, or personnel rather than controlling a nation. Our struggles don’t quite ring the same kind of Thor-like tone. On the contrary, we are a small group who more resembles David’s stature than a mighty warrior. By faith, we are required to hold onto the same kind of dependence he exhibited when he conquered a giant. Scripture tells us that long ago, many people wandered in deserts and mountains, in caves and holes in the ground and that they were commended for their faith. We can attest that there are times when it feels like we are wandering in the desert, waiting for direction, yet, we too, must hold firm to our faith like our brothers of old. Like our ancestors, we hold onto the same promise that we have been chosen by God to make a real difference while we are here on earth.
We are not superheroes. We are merely super-lovers of the Lord and His Word.
As our work unfolds, we prioritize our ministry, daily life, and learn how each part fits together. We pursue God who pursues His chosen people, which includes Deaf people.
Some days we are not very successful in managing it all, and, admittedly, we even fail at times. We are not superheroes. We are merely super-lovers of the Lord and His Word. Faith powers our armor, and Christ’s love powers our hearts as we reach across borders to a people group who have been kept from God’s Word far too long.
We do have those “unstoppable” days when it feels like we have victoriously slain a dragon, and we can keep on going for a hundred years. We recognize how much we need the Savior, who is mightier than the sword, who is unstoppable and who encompasses the very meaning of the word, victory.