Many times our world changes. Trends that have been happily unfolding for years or even decades finally shift. And these changes never fail to surprise us. How do you deal with these changes?
Sometimes it is easier to embrace them than others. Sometimes we have a lot riding on keeping things the same. In those moments we hold on to the status quo with all our energy. In other moments when change is in the air we are more open.
Today we are experiencing many changes to established trends and assumptions. One of those is global population. We have gotten used to skyrocketing population and the talk of an ever-more crowded planet. But that is changing. We are soon to be a much older planet. There are a lot of reasons for this and you can watch an excellent TED video on this subject here. But the bottom line is that our understanding of the world’s population is changing.
So how will this impact your ministry? There are a million small ways. But you won’t really understand any of them if you don’t first consider your assumptions and look at how the status quo is changing. Take a moment to check out our latest infographic on the change in population and consider how you will respond.
Note: I will be starting to do blogs on each of the infographics we release as part of our Missiographic Service. You can see our currently library at www.missiographics.com and sign up for the free newsletter to be alerted twice a month to the new infographics.
What do you consider big? Your answer to that question says a lot about what you value. Our world says, “Bigger is Better,” so the things we think are big are usually also on the “better” list.
We think China is big . . . it’s impact on our economy and on geopolitical realities is indeed significant. Many of us think that a Hummer or other SUV is big . . . they overpower everything else on the road. Still others think that the skyscrapers in Dubai, Kuala Lumpur or New York are big . . . the height and engineering achievement astound us.
So here is my next question: “What does God consider BIG?” Put another way, “What is truly BIG in the Kingdom of God?” With that lens the list looks very different. It would include movements of house churches in persecuted countries, acts of love done without fanfare, a Bible translation that takes 20 years to complete . . . you get the idea.
This issue is what is behind our latest infographic on Indonesia. Most people think of Indonesia as insignificant . . . a bunch of islands in Asia. But when you actually look at the information about God’s work on this grouping of 17,000 islands it is HUGE! These islands make up the largest population of Muslims and also a place where God’s Church is growing quickly. This place is BIG on God’s agenda and we need to be seeing this country through God’s eyes.
Take a minute to look over the infographic and ask yourself how you can better see God’s BIG agenda and leave the world’s agenda behind. Then share this infographic with others. Let’s celebrate God’s BIG work in Indonesia.