I absolutely love sports. I love playing them. I love watching them live or on TV. Even as I begin to write this letter I am looking forward to Opening Day of the baseball season! I am fortunate to have been given the ability to participate in playing sports. But the culture of sports is rapidly changing—there’s more competition and specialization of sports—all for the hope of having the opportunity to make it to college or even the professional level in that sport.
I have had the opportunity to chat with some parents lately who have described the lengths that they are willing to go to in order to allow their children every opportunity to succeed at their sports. From driving incredible distances to hundreds or even thousands of dollars being spent on lessons, travel or equipment, there’s no length that these parents will not go.
Whether or not you agree with the parents’ positions on raising their children is not the subject of this article. In fact, these conversations got me thinking along a different line—how far am I willing to go to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to know Jesus Christ? This is the question that is before us here at CDAC and even for the Church of Jesus worldwide. How far are you willing to go?
God has and continues to work mightily in our midst. Our baptism services on Easter Sunday were such an encouragement to me. In fact, this is the most people we’ve baptized in a year since I’ve been here! We are seeing people saved by the gospel of Jesus Christ all the time in our ministries and through your sharing of the truth with your friends and neighbors. God is working.
But with all of this, we have some challenges. There’s no denying it. But what we have to ask ourselves is how far are we willing to go to make sure that these obstacles don’t block access to Jesus? How much would you pay to bring the gospel to just one person? How willing would you be to answer God’s call and serve in a ministry that might be new to you? Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 6:2-3, “Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry.” Paul wouldn’t let anything block people from Jesus—not his rights, not the ministry, not finances, not personal preferences. His goal was people coming to Jesus.
The question lies with you. How serious are you about bringing the gospel to this community? To this nation? To the world? My prayer is that we all would seek God for His wisdom and plan and then follow with reckless abandon as we see Him do some amazing things!