Mansukh Prajapati created a fridge made of clay that doesn’t use electricity. His clay fridge has dramatically changed the lives of many in India who live in hot, humid weather without modern conveniences.
In Kenya, entrepreneurs on bicycles are available to recharge your cell phone battery by pedaling life back into them.
Engineering students in Peru have figured out a way to create water in an area that receives only an inch of rainfall each year. It’s a giant advertising billboard that absorbs humid air and converts it into purified water. One billboard generates more than 90 liters every day.
Presenting the concept of frugal innovation, Ravi Radjou uses the preceding examples to explain the Hindi word jugaad. Jugaad is an improvised fix or a clever solution that, in many cases, grows out of adversity or extreme need. Jugaad happens when people cannot afford or do not have access to the usual go-to solution. They’re forced to tap into human ingenuity to find a different yet effective solution.
Whether trying to lose a few pounds or make ends meet, at one time or another, we have all wished for a jugaad. The disciples of Jesus were no different when faced with the impossible task of feeding 5,000 people and their families without access to groceries. Then Jesus came onto the scene and used an inconsequential boy’s small lunch as a jugaad.
Jesus identified jugaad in ordinary people and in overlooked resources. For more than three years, Jesus demonstrated just how much can be done with limited resources and much faith. Then He said, “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19, NIV). And we often respond, “How? What with? And what if . . . ?”
Spreading the message of Jesus’ love and saving grace is a daunting task from most every perspective—logistics, finances, personnel, time. Yet it is not impossible.
What is the jugaad that the church needs to fulfill the gospel commission? What is the resource that is often overlooked and underutilized? It is us—the believers. The Adventist Church is more than 22 million in number but not necessarily in witnessing strength.
“Long has God waited for the spirit of service to take possession of the whole church so that everyone shall be working for Him according to his ability. When the members of the church of God do their appointed work in the needy fields at home and abroad, in fulfillment of the gospel commission, the whole world will soon be warned and the Lord Jesus will return to this earth with power and great glory.”
Our go-to solution is to wait. We wait for a local evangelistic meeting before we connect with a neighbor. We wait for the General Conference to roll out a new initiative to reach the world before we trade vacation for a mission trip. We wait for free time on our calendar before we squeeze witnessing into our schedule. But the time to act is now; the resources are us—“Wait not for others to urge you to action. . . . Go forward without delay. . . . Act as if you heard Christ calling upon you personally to do your utmost in His service. Look not to see who else is ready. If you are truly consecrated, God will, through your instrumentality, bring into the truth others whom He can use as channels to convey light to many that are groping in darkness.”
The opportunities to witness are in the seemingly insignificant moments of everyday life. “Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering” (Romans 12:1, The Message). When we truly live our faith—in every moment, through every opportunity—the message of God’s love will spread exponentially. What a picture of total member involvement that would be!
It is time to go beyond practices and precedence. It is time to get out of our restrictive box of doing things the way they’ve always been done. We must respond to the gospel commission with boldness, innovative ideas, and unprecedented enthusiasm.
Jesus gave us more than salvation on the cross; He patterned a revolutionary way of living. He showed us how to take worship out of the sanctuary and into our hearts. He demonstrated how to walk out of church and live Christianity. His life shows how we can express faith through more than words. He gave us the pattern for centering our lifestyle on serving others and sharing our faith. Jesus shows us how and then calls us to be the jugaad to the gospel commission.
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Whether you are looking for something meaningful to do on a Sunday with your family or searching for a new job that is mission-focused, try vividfaith.com. Use it to find ways to share your faith while meeting a need.
1 Navi Radjou, “Creative Problem-Solving in the Face of Extreme Limits,” TED Talk, January 12, 2015, video, 16:29, https://youtu.be/cHRZ6OrSvvI; Navi Radjou, Jaideep Prabhu, and Simone Ahuja, Jugaad Innovation: A Frugal and Flexible Approach to Innovation in the 21st Century (San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2012).
2 Ellen G. White, Acts of the Apostles (Mountain View, CA: Pacific Press®, 1911), 111.
3 Ellen G. White, Counsels on Health (Mountain View, CA: Pacific Press®, 1923), 425.