“For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.” (1 Cor. 1:17)
The idea of a God-composed journey of faith life-script is even above, even more radically novel, than the great American ideal of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” so brilliantly articulated in the Declaration of Independence.
A God-composed journey of faith can function in any political, economic, and religious environment. It is not dependent upon outwardly favorable worldly conditions. Being “in Christ” is an eternally secure place in the palm of God’s hand, which is unassailable by anything anywhere in existence.
People can be missionaries in the deepest regions of the Amazon rainforest, or in the jungles of New Guinea, or in the most repressive political and social regimes, and be as physically and spiritually safe as anywhere else on the globe if we are in God’s will and way.
The Christian faith and life began in the most hostile environment imaginable in the heart of the city of Jerusalem, where only weeks before, Jesus Christ was crucified by the religious and civil authorities. The Christian faith spread out into the first-century Greco-Roman empire that was saturated with classical philosophy, polytheism, and idol-worship.
The works of God require very specific life-plans that are above our capacity to compose, initiate, or self-orchestrate. No matter how small or large, the plans of God succeed spectacularly because they are divinely conceived and energized. Whether it is the salvation and transformation of the person living next door as a result of our Christian witness, or a Christian revival movement that transforms an entire culture and generation of people, it is through God-composed journey of faith life-scripts that the supernatural works of God are accomplished.
This simple and basic concept of God displacing our way with His way, starting with Abraham and continuing throughout all of the journeys of faith recorded in the Bible, is in my opinion one of the last major pieces of biblical truth to be recovered following the Protestant Reformation. I think this will be one of the central themes in the upcoming last-days challenges.