Outside the Walls: 59 Seconds

It takes 59 seconds to change the world.

Bubba couldn’t stay focused in school. He was mischievous, but curious. He was constantly thinking about anything other than school.

He dropped out of high school his junior year and opened a print shop. His brother joined him a year later. They made their living in the print shop, but it was just a means for them to do what they loved to do: tinker with inventions.

On Dec. 17, 1903, Bubba — or as others remember him, Orville — and his brother Wilbur climbed in their invention and took flight on the first power-driven airplane. The flight lasted 59 seconds and glided 50 feet off the ground.

For 10,000 years, man had stayed within a few feet of earth, until the Wright brothers took their first flight. In less than 70 years, John F. Kennedy, in his New England accent, would declare before Congress: “We choose to go to the moon — not because it is easy, but because it is hard!” In less than a decade, two men stepped foot on the moon as the world watched in astonishment. All because a high school dropout challenged the status quo.

Do you believe?

Do you believe that Jesus could use you to transform the world?

When the 11 stood face-to-face with a risen Jesus, He gave them their final marching orders: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.”

There were no automobiles or airplanes. Information took longer than a nanosecond to travel to the nearest town. Cell phones with the power to simultaneously operate 120 million Apollo moon missions had not yet hit the stores.

They had a power to lean on that we sometimes quench: the Holy Spirit.

They believed, and saw the impossible happen. Jesus transformed murderers into missionaries, swindlers into saints, and zeroes into zealots. Paralytics became sprinters, and lepers became leapers. Relationships were restored, and life was breathed back into the broken.

So why can’t we finish the job? We have all the resources, technology and knowledge to saturate every life with the gospel. Above all, we have the Holy Spirit.

The only thing we are lacking is you. It will take all of us. Join the mission. It takes 59 seconds to transition a normal conversation into a gospel one. Will you initiate ignition today?

3-2-1 … Go!