I struggle with judging people and ministries trying to reach the world for Christ. I remembered hearing a Christian techno song once. I liked the song, but I imagined it being played at some Rave party, while the under aged kids danced with ecstasy streaming through their veins. I thought to myself, “How could this song possibly lead someone to Christ?”
I envisioned the seeds of the Gospel being scattered all over the party, sowing God’s truth in fruitless efforts. “All those seeds go to waste,” I told God.
“Not all of them,” He replied.
Then I saw a girl in my mind’s eye. She woke up depressed and hung over. She remembered dancing to a song about Jesus the night before. She thought it was weird at the time, but now she wanted to know more. She searched her mother’s room for a Bible and while reading it, the Holy Spirit brought her to the cross. Saved by a techno Christian song!
Another time I judged was when I saw a man drag a cross up and down the beach. “There are so many more productive ways to reach people for Christ,” I thought. “At most, He might reach a few in one day.” Then I heard an amazing pastor talk at a conference. He was saved by a man who dragged a cross up and down the local street where his parents owned a beach rental store. The pastor now reaches thousands for Christ. Saved by a man dragging a cross!
I’m realizing that God reaches into the desert with His grace to touch the lives of His lost children. If every person has his or her own desert, then there are billions of deserts in this world that God wants to bring His mercy to. Each of us have deserts within walking distance of our individual lives. We can’t focus with jealousy or judgment on what other people and ministries are doing. We need to look around and see who is in arm’s reach of us. The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few because they are all distracted by what every one else is doing!
So whether a ministry is small or large, cutting edge or traditional, local or oversees, individual or cooperate, we should pray for them but keep our eyes focused on the fields that God has planted us. We will do no good trying to analyze the steps of others and their ministries. And quite frankly it’s exhausting and time consuming worrying about what everyone else is doing. We need to soberly ask God what desert He wants us to reach, and then plow that desert like we only have a vapor of time left to finish it.
“Then he [Jesus] said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field” (Matthew 9.37-38 NIV).