That's my question!
- by Lucas
What would Paul, Peter, James, John, and the others that called themselves apostles do here where I am and in this day?
I've no doubt they would be frustrated. There is so much deception, so many lies and half-truths here. It is, most the time, two steps forward, then three steps back. Ugg. Some of the folks we deal with are, beyond the shadow of a doubt, a 'stiff-necked' people. It makes things very frustrating. Even within the walls of this Youth With A Mission campus, there is oppression, there is staunch opposition, there is pride, anger, deceit, bitterness...why?!?!...because we still have skin on!
Everywhere you find humans living and breathing, there is sin. Even in a christian community?! Yup. Even in church?! Yup. Even in the midst of my 'quiet time' with God, I find my mind wondering off. If I can't stay focused on the truth, how could I expect others to stay focused on the truth. Paul had that struggle. I've also no doubt that the rest of the followers, even the one that Jesus loved, had that problem.
What is our solution then?
What can we do as humans to pursue and carry out our Lord's Great Commission?
I can almost hear Paul in the background saying, "Press on towards that goal! That's what I've been writing to you! Keep it up, no matter what." And, he's right. That's all we can do. While I have breath in my lungs, I'm going to keep fighting the good fight and pressing on to the goal.
What's the goal? ....ZERO
The goal is Zero. Zero people that live around me without a bible. Zero people who have yet to hear the good news. Zero tribes, peoples, tongues, and nations that lack the gospel. Zero is the goal.
I'm not in charge of the frustrations. I'm not in control of the lies. I'm not called to deal with the half-truths, opposition, pride, anger, deceit, bitterness, etc...
I'm called to go and do what Jesus has told us all as christians to go and do.
Here's the reference, because I know you want to look it up: