Do you like rooting for the underdog?
Do you like cheering for the nice guy to win the girl in a movie or the under-sized team to conquer the over-whelming favorite?
Most of us do. We tend to think of ourselves as the underdog in life and when the book we read, the move we watch, or the game we observe has the underdog winning, we can relate them. Their victory becomes our victory and hope is instilled. Perhaps this is why people readily refer to the biblical story of when David conquered a giant with a few small stones.
There is a another story in the Bible about an underdog. It’s my favorite. The story involves a young man who is commissioned with a big project. On his own, he was laughed at, doubted, and even threatened with his very life. Yet, he took God at His Word, remembered all the times God was there for him, and boldly stepped out in faith and followed God’s directive. His name was Gideon.
Gideon conquered the Midianites with only a few hundred men that rivals the heroics of King Aragorn, Frodo, and the rest in the Lord of the Rings.
“It’s impossible to convert them!” I’ve heard. “There’s no way to reach them!” I’ve been told. Yet, the Bible encourages us to be like David and reload — and to be like Gideon and obey — especially when God tells us to “Get up and go!” We trust God will take care of the rest.
This is especially true in our moment in history when the need is great to share God’s Word to a nation that is slowly turning its back on Him. It seems like a task that is too much to bear. “What can we do?” “How can we reach those who are lost?” “How do you conquer a giant?”
We follow God’s game plan even when it doesn’t make sense.
“But the LORD said to Gideon, ‘There are still too many men.’”
When the challenge is massive, the best solution can be a simple one. God likes to take a few to reach the many. He uses the simple to accomplish the miracle. Whether it’s a few loaves of bread and a few fish to feed thousands, marching around Jericho seven times before hollering, or sending home tens of thousands from Gideon’s army for a few hundred faithful men, God works best when the odds are stacked up against him.
Right now, I like our odds. And here’s why:
I don’t need to tell you the dangers of a false gospel. Like a well-traveled virus, souls are being infected with the thought that somehow we can contribute to our salvation. Our ingrained pride absorbs these messages that we can be righteous enough on our own if we try hard enough. It is a sickness that leads to eternal death. Sin is dismissed with the thought that everybody else is doing it — why not me. Our busy lives act as a protective device to deflect any thoughts of God, His Word, and our eternal destiny. The only remedy is the real Jesus Christ who paid for our sins in full through His substitution on the cross.
I’m glad that I’m part of a ministry that is zealous in its intent to share the only remedy of the real Christ to a people who are spreading a virus of a false gospel worldwide. Through media outreach campaigns that is rapidly growing in scope and size, Truth in Love Ministry is spreading a message that cuts to the heart of those lost under the teachings of a false gospel. And the ministry is making an impact!
“And the Lord said to Gideon, ‘If you are afraid to attack, go down to the camp with your servant Purah and listen to what they are saying. Afterward, you will be encouraged to attack the camp.’” (Judges 7:10-11)
As a result of TILM’s media outreach campaigns, doors are opening up to share the TILM approach to witnessing. Christians are being inspired to engage Mormons with the truth of the real Christ. I’m hearing the reports from Utah and Eastern Idaho that there is an openness that has never been before to hear the true gospel of Jesus Christ.
God’s Word works! When Christians are equipped with the message of God’s wrath and grace spoken with the language of Mormonism and presented with love and respect, miracles can happen. Giants can fall. Like water into wine or multiplying loaves and fishes, hearts can be receptive and changed when presented with the truth of the real, risen Christ.
I like our odds because TILM has the power of God’s Word on its side. And history reveals that God works best with underdogs.
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