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  • Writer's pictureDavid Rausch

GO! Curriculum: the Origin Story

A couple of years back I was beginning to feel an unsettled stirring in my heart. After many months of thought and prayer, I was just starting to feel like God had a new adventure for me. I felt like it was big, but I really had no idea what it could be. So I said a prayer—one of those dangerous sorts of prayers. In retrospect, I only suggest you say this prayer if you’re seriously ready to have God rock your world! I said to God, “What’s next?” Later that night I was working on a home project when God said very loudly and clearly, “Quit what you’re doing and start the GO! curriculum!” How do I know it was God’s voice? I knew it because the voice was big and bold and it was telling me to do scary and exciting and Kingdom rocking things. My voice doesn’t do that. My voice tells me to do small and safe and comfort preserving things. In fact, my small, safe voice was quick to answer God by saying, “You’ve got the wrong guy!” And I wasn’t just being modest. I really believed God had actually dialed the wrong number. But here is how I heard God answer me back, “I know you’re the wrong guy. That’s why I picked you.” BAM! In my face! How do I argue with that? Shortly thereafter, God reminded me of all the other “wrong guys” He had picked. David was the wrong guy. His dad thought the idea of David leading the nation of Israel was so laughable, he forgot to even mention him in the list of his sons. Jonah was the wrong guy. He pleaded with God to send someone else to Nineveh. And then there was Moses. When God spoke to Moses through the burning bush, He told Moses to lead his people out of Egypt. Moses replied back in Exodus 3:11, “Who am I that I should bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” Seriously! Who was he? Who was David? Who was Jonah? Who am I? I tell you who we are—we’re the wrong guys! The truth is that God picks the wrong guys like it’s His job! Why? Maybe it’s because God’s glory shines the brightest when He works through our weakness. How could I possibly take credit for anything good that comes out of this adventure? I can’t. It would be undeserved. Chances are that a lot of you might feel unworthy or unqualified to do great things for God. Good! God is looking for someone like you. If you haven’t already, I hope you find the courage to ask God a crazy question like, “What’s next?” I hope you hear God calling you to do some hair-raising, white-knuckled, monumentally big and bold things. And when you’re finished hyperventilating, I hope you find the courage to say, “Yes”.


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