522 – The Men God Wants Us to Engage
You can see them sitting next to you at any traffic light in America. The pace has numbed their senses. They don’t get enough rest. They’re always on the fly. They rarely reflect. They do not often sense the presence of God.
Ironically, they spend decades getting what they want, only to find out it doesn’t make them happy. They have success but no peace, things but no pleasure, meaningful work but no gratitude for it, money but no vision to serve others, and relationships but no time to enjoy them. They are unbalanced–unstable, actually–and high risk to themselves and their families.
Jesus wants to have a word with these men. These are men He had in mind when he said, “Go and make disciples.” So when you come across a man like this, reach out. Paul put it like this: “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:20-21).
For example, the other day I needed two new tires. While I was waiting for them to be mounted, I simply asked the man who sold me the tires, “Are you a reader?” He said “yes” so I offered him a copy of Is Christianity For You? (details below)
You would have thought I just gave him two free Super Bowl tickets! He thanked me profusely and said, “You know, this is timely. Recently I’ve been thinking about my own mortality and what’s comes after. I really need this.” You just never know!
God is right now preparing men to whom you and I will speak to today who are aching to find “the way.” Yet most men feel like they need to bluff their way through life. So it may not be readily apparent. Personally, I just assume that they’re all hurting. Otherwise, why would God have put them in my path? Besides, I think they are hoping someone will see through them and call their bluff.