Deuteronomy 11:8 “Therefore shall ye keep all the commandments which I command you this day, that ye may be strong, and go in and possess the land, whither ye go to possess it;”
Mediocrity has become the accepted in life to the detriment of God’s work, our country, and the next generation. Sadly, many churches are satisfied with empty seats in the auditorium, baptistery waters never being used, and shutting down the altar calls. There used to be a day when every church had a desire in their heart to be the biggest church in their city, and by the way, there is nothing wrong with that desire; only the sluggard would not want God to give them the largest church.
There is a great need for God to do something big and great through a church or an individual’s life. Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” 2 Chronicles 16:9 says, “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.” My friend, it is obvious that God desires to do something big; the only reason He doesn't is because we don't have the desire that would cause us to separate from anything that would keep us from seeing God do something great through our life or ministry.
In the verse above, Moses challenges the people in the final days of his life to “go in and possess the land.” He lays out three reasons why you should desire God to do something big in your life that I would like to share with you. Why should you desire to do something big in your life?
First, because you know what God can do. Verse 7 says, “But your eyes have seen all the great acts of the LORD which he did.” There are some who have seen what God can do. We are not that separated from the great works of God. Many have seen the thousands saved every year. Many have seen God build great and large churches that still hold true to the old time religion. The fact that your eyes have seen the great acts of God should create an appetite and a deep yearning for God to do it again.
Second, you should desire for God to do something big in your life because your children need to see it. Verses 2-3 say, “…I speak not with your children which have not known, and which have not seen the chastisement of the LORD your God, his greatness, his mighty hand, and his stretched out arm, And his miracles, and his acts…” You may have seen God do great works, but your children have not, and if the old time religion is going to continue to future generations, they need to see God do something big in their life. The great works of God don't need to be a story time for your children, but a testimony of what they have seen with their own eyes. Don't be so selfish not to sacrifice to see God’s great works in your life as those in the past did so you could see them.
Third, you should desire for God to do something big in your life because the future of your nation depends on it. Verse 9 says, “And that ye may prolong your days in the land,…” The future of your nation depends on God doing something mighty in someone’s life or in a church. All it takes for your nation to die is for one generation not to see God do mighty works in your life or ministry. My admonition and challenge to you is that you MUST do whatever it takes for God to do something mighty in your life, church, or ministry if you love your country.