When I clicked on a link on youtube to listen to a song this morning they had a commercial that played before the song. It was an advertisement for the show “Person of Interest”. One of the main characters (John Reese) said, “We’re going to need backup.” This is one of only a couple of television shows I try to never miss. And John never needs backup. He’s a one man wrecking crew. He’s a man of few words, but a man of action.
It must have been a pretty overwhelming job for John Reese to utter the words, “We’re going to need backup.” He can usually handle things himself as I have seen him successfully make it through some unbelievable situations. With him, there is no task that he sees as too challenging. Sometimes I think we, as followers of Jesus, hesitate to take on tasks that God is calling us to because we are afraid. We are afraid of getting in over our heads. Too many of us are only willing to take on what we know we can do in our own power, either because we’re afraid to utter the words, “God, I’m going to need backup” or perhaps because we doubt that God will come through even if we ask.
Well meaning friends will sometimes warn us to not bite off more than we can chew. And God is just the opposite. Scripture tells us that we can do all things through Jesus, who gives us strength (Philippians 4:13). He is our backup. He is our shield and our strength. And He is not only our backup, but He’s a backup that goes before us! Jim Elliot, a Christian missionary who was killed in the 1950’s in Ecuador implied that we need to bite off a huge bite and God will help us chew it. He said, “Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be in the will of God.” If God has placed a burden on your heart, He will not leave you but will instead help you to accomplish the desires He has given you. Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (And I’m sure this doesn’t mean worldly, materialistic desires, but the desires to serve, honor, and glorify Him.) And when you jump in with both feet, don’t be afraid to call for backup.