When I was a young boy, in Christchurch, New Zealand, I was fortunate enough to meet Thor Heyerdahl and some of his expedition when they were touring with their balsa wood raft, the Kon-Tiki. I can still remember his eyes, so bright, alert and full of determination.
If you have not seen the movie "Kon Tiki", then I want to encourage you to watch it.
Thor Heyerdahl was a Norwegian explorer, writer and anthropologist who spent ten years on the island of Fatu Hiva in the South Pacific. While there, he came to believe that Polynesia had been colonized from the east, by a pre-Incan race that had 'drifted' there on large balsa wood rafts.
This went against the scientific establishment, which believed that Polynesia had been colonized from the west. Thor was laughed at and mocked for what he believed and could not get any support for his thesis from the scientific community.
So, did he give up? No! Thor decided that he would prove he was right by building a balsa wood raft with the same materials that had been used 1500 years earlier and 'drift' 5000 miles across the Pacific Ocean to Polynesia, from Peru.
This was an incredible act of faith, especially as Thor couldn't even swim. Along with some explorer friends, they launched from Peru and literally drifted off into the sunset.
I'm not going to tell you what happened on their journey, except to say that the movie is an action adventure and they did face a few perils.
It took three months for the Kon Tiki to drift to Polynesia and it completely changed the scientific view on Polynesian colonization.
Can you imagine how long that would have taken, if Thor's thesis had merely been published in a book? Scientists would probably still be arguing about it today, almost 70 years later. This is what happens when you step out in faith and go beyond belief and mere words.
The moment Thor Heyerdahl stepped off the dock in Peru, onto that raft and let go the moorings, he essentially said, "I believe this is true, to the point I am staking my life on it!" That, brothers and sisters, is true faith. With only the prevailing wind and current to steer them, they had no control over the direction in which they went. Would you be prepared to step out of your comfort zone and have the courage and faith to surrender the direction of your life to the Holy Spirit, the breath of God?
You can tell people until you are blue in the face, about God and His kingdom and they will still be filled with doubt. But show them a transformed life and a true miracle of faith and they will be a lot more willing to hear what you have to say. Actions do speak louder than words.
The day is coming, very soon, when God will call the faithful out of the world, out of their comfort zone, to step out in faith, beyond mere belief and the quoting of words, to be an example to the world of what it truly takes to make it to paradise.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me"Matthew 16:24
And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.Matthew 10:38