We just came from a weekend with multiple students and campus missionaries having to preach to different crowds about the life of Josiah.
We preached about how a radical change can take place beginning with a game changer. We connected it to campus ministry and how radical change in our society can take place if only we keep preaching the gospel to the students, the would-be if not the already movers and shakers of our world.
RADICAL CHANGE. Huge concept. Big word. Sounds impossible but we are excited (in fact, always more than excited) especially when we think about the hundreds, thousands of students more who will receive Jesus as their Lord and savior and follow Him as we keep doing campus ministry.
That’s huge! With a big God, it is possible. Fact is, it will happen.
The ones who have started the movement used to just believe for this huge possibility and three decades after, we get to witness the move of God with thousands of students.
But does it matter to God? The huge things?
I belive so. But pondering on how Josiah lived his life, it made me weigh on things. Was Josiah a “big plans” kind of man? Or was there something he did, something small, that may have led him to be a vehicle of a radical change in his world?
2 Chronicles 34:1-3
Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, and walked in the ways of his father David; and he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.
For in the eighth year of this reign, while he was yet a boy, he began to seek the God of David his father. And in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of the high places the Asherim and the carved and the metal images.
What did Josiah do first that led him to being a man who would then cause radical change?
When he was 16, while he was young, he began to seek God.
Now that’s the game changer!
Josiah had God in his life. He began to seek God. He kept seeking and obeying God. Then God used him in the world he was at.
So a simple formula from Josiah on how to bring about radical change is simply this:
YOU + GAME CHANGER = RADICAL CHANGE
YOU – Yes you! Not THEY. You! Don’t let anything limit you because God has chosen to partner with ‘you’ in bringing about change in your world.
GAME CHANGER – Something you possess or you do. Even a little thing that can impact your whole life. In Josiah’s case, his game changer was God. He had a personal relationship with God. Upon hearing God, he obeyed every step of the way. Those moments of obedience little by little contributed to an unimaginable radical change.
It all began when he started seeking God.
Do you notice something that needs change in your world today? Seek God.
How does seeking God look like to you everyday?
Personal time with God. Having a set time to worship God in songs. Reading the Bible and studying it. Journalling.
Time with fellow Christ-followers. Taking time to encourage one another to Christlikeness.
Hearing God’s word with others.
They’re little things we can do everyday. They’re not extravagant plans. They’re simple. But these little things are the start of something huge.
How about you? What are the little things you do everyday to seek God? Share it!