Monday, July 1, 2013

What are you Transmitting?

In 1972, NASA launched the exploratory space probe Pioneer 10. Its main mission was to reach Jupiter and send back information about that planet. It was a bold plan because at that time no satellite had gone beyond Mars. Pioneer 10 accomplished its mission and so much more. It swung past Jupiter in November, 1973, then passed Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. By 1997, Pioneer 10 was more than six billion miles from the sun. Despite that immense distance, Pioneer 10 continued to beam back radio signals to earth. The most remarkable thing was that those signals were powered by an 8-watt transmitter, which radiates about as much power as a bedroom night light. Not even the most optimistic scientist could have ever imagined what that little 8-watt transmitter could do. Yet even now it is transmitting important messages back to NASA from unexplored space.

So it is when you and I offer ourselves to God in faithful obedience. So many people look at their lives and think to  themselves, “I just do not have much to offer. My testimony is not dynamic like others. I don’t have lots of ministry skills. I can’t stand up in front of a crowd and speak or sing. I have very little to offer.” The issue found in the Bible has never been a question of how much you have to offer God. The issue is always this: Will you faithfully offer God what you do have? It's just incredible what God can do through little 8-watt transmitters like me and you, when offer ourselves to God.

There is an old gospel song that has this as the chorus: “Little is much when God is in it.” Right now you can tell someone close to you how the Lord has changed your life. Today you can show love and kindness toward another person. You can meet someone’s needs in a practical way. You can choose to put a smile on your face and be encouraging to someone. You can make it a priority to lift the needs of others up in prayer and maybe drop them a card to tell them how you are praying for them. You can realize that the mission work of God starts right where God has placed you every single day in your home, on your job, or in your community. You may be only one person, but you can make a difference by your words and actions as you transmit the good news message to others.