Last week I wrote about the purpose for Israel's 40 years of wandering in the desert. It wasn't just punishment, it had great purpose. We're reminded that God is a God of process. He doesn't do random. He doesn't make mistakes. Everything is calculated down to the most minute detail. However, the thing that stands out to me the most about Israel's time in the wilderness was that only two men, Caleb and Joshua, would actually set foot in the promised land. Not even Moses himself would be able to go.
This brings up a fascinating truth. While Moses was the central figure of the Exodus, he wasn't the point. We tend to get caught up with the characters and stories as a means in and of themselves. But God sees it from a different vantage point. While we see a finite person fulfilling a temporal purpose, God is preparing the way for an infinite person to fulfill an eternal purpose. While we are focused on the men, God is focused on the mission.
The Bible is not one, large book split up into many, unconnected stories. The Bible is one, big, awesome love story about God drawing his people back to himself. From Genesis to Revelation, God is on a mission. Along the way, he's going to use many different people to accomplish his objective. He used Moses to lead his people out of Egypt. The torch was passed to Joshua, the conquering hero who led the people into the promised land. It was then passed to the judges who passed it on to kings of Israel and the prophets, etc etc.
It's our human nature to make it about ourselves. Generally when we're presented with an opportunity, the first question we ask ourselves is "What's in it for me?" We want to be the means, not the means to the end. I admit that initially it's a scary thought to think that I'm just playing a small part is a greater mission. We're born into thinking that the universe revolves around us. So I have the adjust to the shock of realizing that I'm not the purpose.
I learned something important after I handed my life over to God. Before, when I was living for myself, no matter what I accomplished, it never satisfied me. When I was the point of my own story, I set myself up for inevitable disappointment. I was trying to fill a void that could never be filled. But when I learned of a greater purpose and said yes to it, my life all of a sudden had meaning. So I soon became convinced of this truth: people work better when they work for something greater.
MyCare has a mission. God is using MyCare to help fulfill his main mission of drawing people back to himself. That means that it can't be about any one individual. That's a great relief for two reasons: 1) It means that people can come and go and the mission will remain the same 2) If God ever asked me to step down, the mission would go on. And if God put me in another place, the amazing part is that I would still be working for the same mission. Not only is the individual just a means to an end, the company itself is simply a means to an end. That's how big God's mission is! When one knows Christ and is a part of the Great Commission, your life can have great purpose and meaning no matter where you are or what your occupation is.
This week we welcomed Willie Morris to our team. Same mission, different men. Through his work leading Faithbox, he was a part of the greater mission and understands why MyCare exists. He joins a group of guys and girls who all know what we're trying to accomplish and how God is using us. Willie brings an awesome skill set that MyCare really needed. I know God will use the talents he has given Willie for his glory.