Thursday, January 15, 2009

The World Outside Your World

I was thinking about life the other day. I was reflecting on the various ways or capacities that I have had the privilege to work for the Lord. I begin to think about the principle of effectiveness. Some measure effectiveness in different ways. As I was thinking on theses things, I had a thought that ran through my mind and I had to chase it back through my mind again. This was the thought, and I wrote it down, Real effectiveness is when you affect the world outside your world. And what do I mean by that? Well, everyone has their world that they, for the most part, stay in. Some might even call it the Comfort Zone. At any rate, it is our world. Nobody comes into it and most of the time nobody leaves out from it. It is filled with everything that we find synonymous with who we are. These things consist of our beliefs, tastes, habits, philosophies, methods and styles. It also consists of people; people that are like us or who do or accept everything that we do. We feel like if we can affect people in this world we are really being effective. However, isn't it time that we begin to set goals to affect the world that is outside our world. It's kind of like when the disciples begin to take the Gospel to the Gentiles. It was easier to preach to the Jews in Jerusalem but what about all of Judea, Samaria and the uttermost parts of the earth. What about the world of lions and gladiators. We must be reminded that if the Apostles had not obeyed and gone past the city limits of Jerusalem, we probably would not know Jesus today. We must be effective outside of our usual Amen Corner. We must be willing to go wherever and do whatever the Master bids us to do. Not only that, we must be willing, on a daily basis, to exit our world and affect that world that exists outside of it. In fact, Jesus came to break our world apart and use us as lively stones to build his kingdom. Therefore, as a Christian, the only world we live in should be the world of surrender to Christ and his will. That means talking about Christ to someone who doesn't have a clue or letting your gospel light shine to someone who sneers at the thought of God and Jesus. It may mean preaching under a bridge or going to the baddest man in town with the message of Christ just before he dies. Just as the disciple had to go outside the walls of Jerusalem we also must go outside the walls of our own personal world, leave it behind, and give up all for the cause of Christ.

I was scanning through a dictionary the other day. Yes I am weird like that. God ministered to my heart when I read the meaning of the French word, entrepreneur. It basically means one who starts a business and is willing to take a risk for the sake of the profit.

Go on. Get out of your world, take a risk for the sake of the profit. What profit? The profit of a soul that spends eternity in heaven rather than the alternative. The world outside your world is waiting on you!

Image accessed from

No comments: