YouVersion Devotional

Before she managed the A21 safehouse in Greece, Kalli had grown up in South Africa and was abused for many years of her life. During those years, her father had been part of the mafia and trafficked women. What she was exposed to throughout her childhood and young adult life, the world as she knew it, devalued women and offered very little hope. By the time she was grown, her self-worth was diminished to the point she accepted a job as an escort to provide sex to men. 

But when her father accepted Christ, his life changed so drastically that Kalli took notice and desired that same change in her own life. Soon she invited Jesus into her life too, joined a church, and stepped into the exchange zone of serving. As she grew in Christ, she moved from one exchange zone to another, and at age 41, she was reaching out to grasp the baton through the work of A21. It wasn’t long before she was instrumental in helping survivors of trafficking experience freedom. 

God uses people like Kalli and people like us to multiply his church. When we encounter Jesus and share him with those around us, we grow his Kingdom. Do you see how the divine relay stretches forward? Are you beginning to get the picture of how big, how huge, how interconnected and unstoppable it is when we all embrace our place? Each runner’s efforts are multiplied many times over. Each handoff opens limitless possibilities for future handoffs that spin off in multiple directions carrying God’s work across the globe in ways that we could never imagine. 

Who has God put in your life to share your faith with?

 

Adapted from Unstoppable: Step into Your Purpose, Run Your Race, Embrace the Future by Christine Caine. Copyright © 2014 by Christine Caine. Reprinted with permission of Zondervan Publishing. All rights reserved.

YouVersion Devotional

“Ready” is a tricky word when it comes to following Jesus and doing his will. Why? Because there is a vast difference between feeling ready and being ready. We can go through the Bible page by page and find person after person who didn’t feel ready to do what God called them to do, but God didn’t ask them whether they felt ready. He decided they were ready, and then he called them and told them what to do. Today, we call those men and women heroes of the faith–the ones who obeyed God’s call, even when they didn’t feel ready. Heroes like Abraham, Noah, Moses, and Sarah (Hebrews 11).

Haven’t we all been there? When we had to step up or step out before we felt we were ready?

I remember when Kalli, one of our first leaders in one of our aftercare homes in Greece, experienced this. When she started working for A21, she felt like she wasn’t ready to run her race, but one night she got a call from Katja, a young woman who had escaped from her traffickers. Reaching her in time, before she was recaptured, was crucial. Kalli flew into action, trusting in the Lord, determined not to depend on her own strength and understanding, determined not to think about how inadequate she felt or how unprepared she felt. Kalli reached Katja in time and got her to safety–and Kalli learned that what seems impossible is often God’s starting point in using us for his good and his glory. It’s where we often  discover God’s perspective of feeling ready vs. being ready.

When we learn to focus on who God is rather than on what we are not, we see that it is God who is working in us to do the very thing he has purposed to do in our lives. As we learn to run the race, accept his batons, and submit to his training, God’s work in and through us is always growing and increasing. Christ in us becomes an unstoppable force in our lives and is spilled out into the lives of others. Trust God that what he has prepared you for what’s he’s prepared for you.

What baton is God asking you to grasp next? Are you ready to grasp and run with your baton, whatever it is and wherever it takes you?

 

Adapted from Unstoppable: Step into Your Purpose, Run Your Race, Embrace the Future by Christine Caine. Copyright © 2014 by Christine Caine. Reprinted with permission of Zondervan Publishing. All rights reserved.

YouVersion Devotional

“Ready” is a tricky word when it comes to following Jesus and doing his will. Why? Because there is a vast difference between feeling ready and being ready. We can go through the Bible page by page and find person after person who didn’t feel ready to do what God called them to do, but God didn’t ask them whether they felt ready. He decided they were ready, and then he called them and told them what to do. Today, we call those men and women heroes of the faith–the ones who obeyed God’s call, even when they didn’t feel ready. Heroes like Abraham, Noah, Moses, and Sarah (Hebrews 11).

Haven’t we all been there? When we had to step up or step out before we felt we were ready?

I remember when Kalli, one of our first leaders in one of our aftercare homes in Greece, experienced this. When she started working for A21, she felt like she wasn’t ready to run her race, but one night she got a call from Katja, a young woman who had escaped from her traffickers. Reaching her in time, before she was recaptured, was crucial. Kalli flew into action, trusting in the Lord, determined not to depend on her own strength and understanding, determined not to think about how inadequate she felt or how unprepared she felt. Kalli reached Katja in time and got her to safety–and Kalli learned that what seems impossible is often God’s starting point in using us for his good and his glory. It’s where we often  discover God’s perspective of feeling ready vs. being ready.

When we learn to focus on who God is rather than on what we are not, we see that it is God who is working in us to do the very thing he has purposed to do in our lives. As we learn to run the race, accept his batons, and submit to his training, God’s work in and through us is always growing and increasing. Christ in us becomes an unstoppable force in our lives and is spilled out into the lives of others. Trust God that what he has prepared you for what’s he’s prepared for you.

What baton is God asking you to grasp next? Are you ready to grasp and run with your baton, whatever it is and wherever it takes you?

 

Adapted from Unstoppable: Step into Your Purpose, Run Your Race, Embrace the Future by Christine Caine. Copyright © 2014 by Christine Caine. Reprinted with permission of Zondervan Publishing. All rights reserved.