You probably have a list of the things you want to do today. If you’re like me you have a calendar to track things you’ll do this month and this year. But, what are you going to do with the rest of your life? Do you have a bucket list? When you’ve finished your bucket list, then what?
I’ve just finished reading the book Revolution in World Missions by K.P. Yohannan, director and founder of Gospel for Asia. Yohannan has spent his entire adult life focused on one goal, to share Christ with the lost, specifically the millions who are trapped in cast systems and nearly unreachable in the hidden corners of India and the vast continent of Asia. If you are a Westerner, this book will change the way you view the life you have been given. As a Christian, it will force you to come to terms with the fact that non-Christians we interact with everyday are on a road that will lead them to hell. I know you’ve been taught this, but do you believe it? Does your life reflect that you actually believe it to be true? You will ask, why have I been blessed with this or that. You will question, why was I born with the benefits and freedom of living in the Western world.
Many questions remained in my heart after reading this book. But, when I put it down, there was only one question that rose to the surface. Now, this question was raised way back in chapter three of a book with over twenty chapters. Most of the time it’s hard for me to go back that far. But here, Yohannan recounts a story from when he attended a John Haggai institute for the training of Asian church leaders. Haggai asked him one question that forced him to re-evaluate the direction and course of his life. It stayed with Yohannan and it stayed with me.
What is the single most important thing you are going to do with the rest of your life? Will you do one thing, not self-centered or worldly, but, one thing that will bring glory to God?
–from John Haggai to K.P. Yohannan, in Revolution in Missions by K.P. Yohannan, 1986.
Have you thought about this? I have. And, yet, I’m still thinking about it. Do you need to revise your bucket list?