A moonshot is an audacious, seemingly impossible goal. It’s a dream that shatters the ceiling of our ambitions and lifts humanity to a new level.
The eponymous example is the 1969 moon landing, but the Bible is also full of moonshots. I’m talking about big things done by men and women empowered by the Holy Spirit. Think of Noah saving the human race with a boat. Or David eliminating a weapon of mass destruction with a stone.
I have a moonshot, and it has to do with the gospel of grace.
I’ve been thinking about this because I find myself at a turning point. After ten years of writing about the goodness of God I’ve come to a crossroads. When I started Escape to Reality I had no plan, no goal. I just stumbled along a merry path writing about whatever took my fancy.
But what happens now? More stumbling along? Or does God have a dream for me, a target to aim for, a moon to hit?
As I’ve been praying about this, I’ve come away with a strange yet compelling picture. I see the world as a prison made of stone. It has high and impenetrable walls, and no one can get out. I’m outside the walls and God has given me the recipe for dynamite.
For the past ten years I’ve been using the dynamite of his gospel to blow holes in the wall. It’s been fun setting prisoners free, but I’ve barely made a dent. God wants ALL of his kids to be free, not just a few.
It’s time to upsize this thing. We’ve got to get that dynamite recipe into more hands. One man can only do some much; but lots of people with dynamite can unleash Jericho-levels of destruction.
“I dunno, Paul. Seems violent to me.”
If Jeremiah could say that God’s word is like a hammer that breaks rocks, and Paul could say it’s like a dividing sword, then I think we can say it’s like dynamite that blows things up. I’m talking about demolishing those strongholds and mindsets that keep people captive to fear and condemnation.
Earlier today I came across an old message from an E2R reader:
“Paul Ellis’s writing has demolished confusing teachings that plagued me for decades.” ~Mike from Florida
When you’re in prison, you don’t need pithy quotes or an eloquent sermon. You need the explosive power of the gospel to demolish walls and break the shackles that bind.
This prison that we’ve all come from is huge. It holds much of the world’s population. Getting them out is going to require a grand plan. So here’s my moonshot. Here’s what I want to do:
Within 10 years I want to equip 10,000 people to reach a million people with the gospel in at least 50 languages.
Why a million people? Why not! The same God who led a million people out of Egypt can certainly do the same today. If we’re orchestrating an escape from prison, let’s make it a Great Escape.
Why 10,000 preachers? Wait, I never said preachers. I want to train 10,000 people. You don’t need a degree to light a stick of dynamite and you don’t need a pulpit to put God’s word to work. Anyone can proclaim the gospel if someone shows them how.
Why 50 languages? Because the gospel of grace is not an English gospel, but a heavenly gospel with the power to save every one of us, regardless of race or tribe. I’m thrilled that my books and articles have been translated into a handful of languages, but we’ve been called to reach every tribe and nation. Let’s start with 50 and work up from there.
That’s it. That’s my moonshot. Do you like it? Does it resonate? Of course it does because my dream is your dream, and we both got our dreams from our heavenly Father. Setting his children free is his dream.
Awesome. Sounds great. So how we do it? How do we get to the moon?
Just as the Apollo missions were built on the Mercury and Gemini programs that preceded them, the way forward is shaped by our past. In my next article, I will outline some practical steps for getting started. These steps will look like what has gone before, but with bigger rockets.
Much bigger rockets.
In the meantime, Happy New Year and Happy New Decade! Thanks for sharing the journey. I pray the coming year will be your best yet, a year where everything comes together, and you hit the highest heights in Christ.