God is concerned with gang members, radical bikers and even terrorists.
Through us He is able to reach their hearts with His love.
In every church I pastored, we reached out to gang
members. In one particular gang our church led 23 out of 25 of them to Christ.
I baptized most of them.
Also, we reached out to bikers and led a number of them to the Lord. In
Vancouver, British Columbia, we became aware of an anarchist restaurant. Thats
right! It was where revolutionaries met to make plans to overthrow governments
I took some of Gods people to this restaurant on a regular basis to share
Christ with these marginal characters, the hardest of hard soil.
The churches where I pastored led several homosexuals to Christ. We also
worked with transvestites, prostitutes and prison inmates. Every month in
downtown San Francisco we led men and women on skid row to Christ.
In Vancouver, we heard of refugees flying into the international airport
without any kind of immigration documentation. We immediately began to reach
out to them. To our joy, not only did we lead many to Christ, but eight of the
10 men also sensed a call into the ministry. They realized they had been saved
both physically and spiritually and wanted all their people to hear the Good
What a challenge it is when a church takes seriously Christs command. He
assures His people, in Jeremiah 23:29, that His Word is like a hammer, and like
fire, breaking the hardest heart, and refining the worst of sinners. There is
nothing too hard for Godtherefore we can share fully and lovingly with every
personand never do it with a sense that this one is too hard for God.
Remember the last command of Jesus to His disciples: And He [Jesus] said
to them, Go into all the world and preach [and publish] the gospel [the good
news] to every creature [of the whole human race] Mark 16:15.
It was not a suggestion; it was a command, and it included every person in
the entire world. Careful study of each word of this command reveals that no
person is to be excluded. Human reasoning will never be a substitute for
obedience, as this scripture demonstrates.
Throughout the New Testament, the heart of God is revealed: the Lordis
not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance
(2 Peter 3:9). Every person is to be included in our effort to share Gods good
Human reasoning may say, But not everyone will listen. Not everyone will
respond. Why go to those whose hearts are so hard? But we know that with
God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26). God will give us the
strength, courage and wisdom to break through even the hardest of hard soil to
plant His seed of Truth.
The author of Experiencing God, Henry Blackaby is president of
Henry Blackaby Ministries. Visit www.henryblackaby.com for more information. Bible
references are from The New King James Version.
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