In Gear with the Minister:
Dr. Eugene Lawton
Beyondness is a unique dimension of the human spirit. It expresses a reaching beyond the point of arrival, a pull toward some mysterious future which has been born out of the womb today; it is a call of some strange destiny to which God wants his people to move. The world is filled with people who simply just do enough to get by, nothing extra. These are people who do not make essential contributions to the advancement of society.
Dr. George Washington Carver, who is called the “Savior of southern agriculture” went beyond the call of duty and sacrificed his life discovering the secrets of the peanut and sweet potato and presented the world with scientific methods of improving the good earth. Dr. Daniel Hale Williams went beyond the call of duty and devoted years of research which carved him a unique place in history as performing the first successful operation on the human heart.
Within every one of us lies the exciting thrill of adventure—beyondness. We want to challenge, the bold, the daring. You see, man is not made for the common place, nor satisfied with routine. Open up the pages of your history books and they unfold the great explorers that had left their countries and kindred and followed in the footsteps of Abraham, set out to find a city, a mountain, a river, a cure for a disease – not knowing where they are going. Can’t you see that they were impelled by the spirit of beyondness? Men of philosophy seek truth because they want to go beyond superstitions, half-truths, and hand-me-down-isms.
THE CHURCH HAD THE CALL TO GO BEYOND JERUSALEM. “And ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) The church stayed in Jerusalem until the death of Stephen (Acts 8:1) and then it was scattered abroad. God is metaphorically saying, “Ye have compassed this mountain long enough, turn you northward.” (Deut. 2:3)
This was the GOSPEL EXPLOSION in the first century. What the world needs now is a GOSPEL EXPLOSION in the 21st Century. What is a GOSPEL EXPLOSION? It is preaching the gospel to every available person at every available time by every available means. GOSPEL EXPLOSION is Christians so saturated, captivated and motivated by their sweet Lord that they can’t contain the dynamite of God, the gospel in their hearts!
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