When making a move, it’s always important to be able to answer the question, “Why?”. Because one thing I’ve learned after making some uncommon moves in my walk with God, it’s that you’ll be asked this question.
Why would you stop going to a university and start going to a Bible College?
Why would you leave your job at a church you are growing in to be part of a church plant where there’s no promise of pay?
Why would you want to be sent out by this new church where God’s up to huge things and move to Guatemala?
Church answer? Because God called me to it.
But what does that even mean?
God is a God who speaks. He’s a God who guides us well. He’s a God who places desires on our hearts.
Oftentimes, people will come to me and ask how they can know God’s will for their lives. And these are genuine questions.
Many Christians actually want to please God in their decision-making, so these questions usually come from a God-honoring heart.
What school should I go to?
Should I date that person?
Should I move to that city?
What career should I pursue?
These are great questions, but I believe there’s a more important question and it’s this: “Who should I be when I get [there]”.
Do you want to know what God’s will is for your life? The Bible tells us.
- Your sanctification – that you abstain from sexual immorality (1 Thessalonians 4:3)
- That you’d come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4)
- That you’d rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
- That by doing good, you’d silence the talk of foolish people (1 Peter 2:15)
Notice that these all have to do with who we are, not what moves we make.
See, we can go to the perfect place where God wants us, but if we’re not the people God wants us to be when we get there, the “right” place can become the wrong place.
So maybe, if we’re walking with God and pursuing holiness – not living in sin, but rather living righteously – we can do what we want.
St. Augustine said it this way – “Love [God], and do what you will.”
Because the heart that truly loves God will honor him in each decision it makes.
The Psalmist put it this way in Psalm 37:4 – “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
It’s more about who we are than what we do.
So why did I stop going to a university and start going to Bible College?
Because as I sought God, he gave me a desire.
I stepped, he showed up.
Why did I leave an awesome church to be part of a new church plant?
Because God was placing new desires on my heart and this opportunity lined up perfectly. I was walking with God, heard the vision, prayed hard for a few hours, and knew – because I couldn’t get the desire out of my heart.
I stepped, he showed up.
Why am I heading to Guatemala?
Because each time I’ve been, I knew God would bring me back. I have a deep love for the people of the country, a love for the ministry down there, and a desire.
A desire to reach my generation in another nation. The young adults of Guatemala are, from my experience, unreached. But I have a desire, from God, to see them loved, encouraged, challenged by Jesus.
What if this generation could be the change?
What if God could restore the family unit through them?
I believe he can, and I have a desire that he will.
So long story short – I’m going to Guatemala because I have a desire.
It’s a desire birthed out of a walk with God that is real.
Am I perfect, absolutely not. But I love God and seek to honor him by pursuing holiness day in and day out. And as I pursue him, he has a crazy way of giving me what I desire.
I believe he does so because he knows he can trust me.
But more than that, I believe he does so because he’s a good Father. And every good father loves to bless his kids.
We’re stepping, he’ll show up.
Let it be.
As I head out, I am asking for your prayers. Pray God would unify us as a team, that we’d choose to pursue Him first and foremost. And pray that God would begin to work on the hearts of those we come into contact with in Guatemala. Let’s ask God to lead us to the exact people he wants us to minister to.
In addition, this can’t be done without financial support. If you’d like to sow into this ministry financially, it’d mean the world. To do so, please visit this page where you can set up a one-time or recurring donation. We can team up to see a generation reached.