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A Mouse and An Elephant

With God all things are possible.(Matt. 19:26)

            Hudson Taylor is one of the great names in missionary history.  He said, “Many Christians estimate difficulty in the light of their own resources, and thus attempt very little, and they always fail.  All giants have been weak men who did great things for God because they reckoned on His power and His presence to be with them.”

            Taylor’s operating principle was, “Attempt great things for God.”  E. Stanley Jones said, “I’m always trying something I know I can’t do in my own strength.”

            The problem for most Christians and most churches is not that we try things that are too hard for us but just the opposite—we rarely try things we know we can’t do.  So, we seldom see the wonderful things God wants to do in our lives and ministries.

            John Maxwell tells the story of the mouse who crossed a bridge over a deep ravine with an elephant.  As the elephant and the mouse crossed the bridge, the bridge shook.  When they reached the other side, the mouse said to the elephant, “Boy, we really shook that bridge, didn’t we?”  Of course a mouse can’t shake a bridge, but when it teams up with an elephant, yes it can.

            What “bridges” do we need to shake?  Of course we can’t shake a bridge, but when we team up with God, yes we can.  Let’s shake some “bridges” for the Kingdom. 

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