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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.

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“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.

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When I was twenty-two, I volunteered at a youth center a few nights each week. I served food to broken and hurting young people, invited them to tell me their stories, and listened to them share their problems. I loved encouraging them, serving them, and trying to be a light in their lives. Sometimes it was easy, and sometimes it was messy. Sometimes it involved tasks that seemed small, tedious or insignificant, and other times it involved helping someone be healed of a deep wound. No matter what God put before me, the lesson he wanted me to learn was clear: To thrive, we must learn to embrace our place. 

Embracing our place means that no matter what season we are in, or what our circumstances are, we have to see ourselves as important members of God’s divine relay–right where we are. We have to accept and do his will for today in light of his plan for tomorrow, and for all eternity.

God makes this lesson so clear in the life of David. When the prophet Samuel went to find the next king of Israel, David was a young shepherd boy tending his father’s sheep, and by our human standards, he was the least qualified to be anointed the next king of Israel. But God saw differently, so one day, while serving in obscurity, while embracing his place, God called him out of the field and anointed him king. 

You are like David. Wherever you are, you are not in that place by accident. God is doing a work in you so he can do a work through you. He’s preparing you in the place where you are so he can take you to the place he’s prepared for you to be.

In the meantime, have confidence in God’s design and placement, and embrace your place. God chooses the part we play and he promotes us in his perfect timing. He wants our obedience first, so trust him and rejoice in this season. Trust that he is building his strength and character in you because he wants to grow your capacity to carry greater batons in the future. 

What place in your life do you wrestle with embracing? How can you embrace that place today?

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.