Several generations ago, during one of the most turbulent desert wars in the Middle East, a spy was captured. The general of the Persian army, a man of intelligence and compassion, had adopted an unusual custom in such cases. He permitted the prisoner to make a choice of either facing a firing squad or passing through the black door. As the moment of the execution drew near, the general ordered the spy to be brought before him for a final interview.
“What shall it be, the firing squad or the black door?” the general asked. The prisoner hesitated. Finally, he chose the firing squad. Not long after, a volley of shots on the courtyard announced that the grim sentence had been fulfilled.
The general stared at his boots. Then he turned to his aide and said, “You see how it is with men? They will always prefer the known to the unknown, even it if means facing certain death. It is characteristic of people to be afraid of the undefined.”
“What lies beyond the black door?” asked the aide. “Freedom,” replied the general, “and I’ve only known a few men brave enough to take it.”
We face the unknown in everyday life. Our choices won’t always be a matter of life and death, but taking risks with the unknown may increase our freedom and success.
Read Matthew 9:35-38.
Consider the impact of Jesus’ words and actions in verse 35: Going = sense of mission; Synagogues = strategic places to reach Israel; Teach, preach, heal = Kingdom evidences; Good news = God’s rule breaking in. Verse 36: Jesus saw the crowds…”harassed” = bullied, oppressed, “helpless” = in the face of such oppression as well as unable to rescue themselves. Jesus saw people as “sheep without a shepherd.” He was moved with compassion.
Verse 37: He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great (ripe), but the workers are few…” Imagine their potential…what could God do with a life? Verse 38: So Jesus said, “Ask the Lord of the Harvest to send out laborers (workers) into his harvest field.”
Chi Alpha Campus Ministries is the missions outreach of the Assemblies of God, designed to go onto the secular campus and reach college students right where they live and go to school. Our mission is to reconcile students to Christ…transforming the university, the marketplace, & the world. Most college students today are unchurched and far from Christ, their only Savior.
The harvest is great on college campuses, and the workers are you and me. Join those of us in Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship chapters across the globe as we engage the university with the person and claims of Jesus; join us as we provide a home for Christian students; join us as we train students to be Christ-centered laborers on campus now and in the marketplace after; and join us as we offer hospitality and friendship to international students visiting our campuses.
Serve globally. King Jesus is leading the greatest rescue operation of all time. We call every student to pray, every student to give, and every student to go on His behalf. Walk through the black door and join us in taking a risk in changing the world through college students.
Love is a verb,
©2016 by Mike Olejarz