I began a conversation last week which I intended to conclude this week. That was before the Corona virus captivated our lives. It’s hard to think of much else right now, because every thought has to be filtered through the lens of this virus.
Last week, I began a discussion based on the statement of Jesus to Peter and Andrew, that he would make them fishers of men, and related this to our present work in 2020. In fact, nothing much in this charge has changed, and we too are to seek to be fishers of men, women and children everywhere. The challenge of this quest is being the “type” of people that can adapt to the different types of people that can potentially seek us out, to assist them in finding the cross. Our society has become saturated with individuals who have very challenging lives filled with all types of addictions, abuse, etc. So where does that leave us? Right in the middle of the battlefield faithfully serving our Lord. In order to fulfill our mandate, we must first arrive at the conclusion that we cannot do things as we always have. Times are different, and people are different, so we must adapt, or be willing to settle for being ineffective.
With that said, we are going to march under the flag of the apostle Paul when he said “I become all things to all men that I might win some” (1 Corinthians 9:22). The operative phrase here is “winning some.” It is the desire to “win some” that will fuel our efforts and determine “what” we are willing to do, to serve our God. This could potentially involve us in works that are historically unconventional, and a bit foreign to us; but we must be willing to press on into these unknowns as long as we are glorifying God in our efforts. What makes us the people of God, is our desire to look beyond ourselves, and to love all men unconditionally - serving God fully with everything in us. Together we will always seek to Love God…Love people…. with no limits.