We spend years, we spend money, we set up organizations, engaging millions of people in numerous activities to do what we were meant to do only with words. We have whole industries set up to do what one word can do. We have non-profit organizations addressing societal issues like hunger, HIV/AIDS, when just one word from the right source can resolve those issues without all the contraptions we setup and the “human”, natural and financial capital we squander.
Without a Creator, billions of years and zillions of processes and transactions would have been needed to put the ecosystems and their constituents in place. Instead, in just 6 days of speaking, the Creator achieved it all using what He gave each believer – His word and His Spirit.
We have a multi-trillion dollar global healthcare industry for example. Yet, Paul a prisoner en route to Rome, spontaneously healed every sick person on the Island of Malta where they were forced to spend the winter. I like to think of what did not happen. How much NGO personnel and funds, medical school years, insurance companies, lawyers, and support industries were not needed? If more of us truly followed Christ, our world would be much leaner, less complicated, less dead, more fecund.
As I tap into the spirit of scriptures, reason prompts me to believe Jesus’ words, “Come unto me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and I will give you rest.” After all, His results speak eloquently and loudly. When He asked Martha to disengage from needless preparation, He meant not only that there were more important things nor that food was unnecessary, but that there was a sweat-free way to obtain necessities. He proved it by using words to instantly mass-produce loaves and fishes.
As an entrepreneur, I choose to learn the way of Christ, in my quest to be a contribution in the world.
I have since concluded that Christ did not come to start a religion but to bring new life, His kind of life. When this life grows in us, “miracles” become “works”, our efficiency skyrockets. Social change, economic turnaround, environmental restoration talk less of individual transformations, become as easy as speaking the right words. The more I behold Christ, the more I want to sit at His feet, learning how to produce results like Him without needless toil.