I was reading in Matthew 13:15 today and it is interesting to me that each person grew to deafness and then they closed their eyes! (I think this is a clear picture of what is happening within many ministries today.)
How many of us are growing deaf or have closed our eyes to what God is trying to do in our life or through our life? Some of us are in this condition due to our hearts being dulled by traditional opposition and we have just quite listening to what God has told us because we are tired of fighting against traditional ways of trying to reach the modern culture.
I believe that if we are going to be affective ministers of the gospel, we must “STOP” and listen to what God has been trying to say to us and be obedient to what He has said to us. This means that we must live out our faith- reach those that you have been called to, we cannot continue to do ministry within the same framework that many of us have been raised in.
I still see multiple cultures within our society; we have the Jews- traditional church attendee in America and the Gentile- those who are the post-modern/ post-churched. Many traditionalists are doing a great job reaching the traditional believer, but some are blind and deaf to the voice of God because they are trying to reach a Gentile people within the Jewish structure….it doesn’t work!
As we look into scripture we see that Paul was reaching the Jews and Peter was reaching the Gentile people. It would have been a nightmare if they worked together trying to reach their target people within the opposing structures of their target people group. Why should we think that it is any different for us as we are trying to reach our people groups? The struggle between the traditional and the Emerging is in my opinion the individuals trying to reach opposing people groups within the structure of the traditional or vice-versa. It will never work!
So this all leads me to ask who have you been called to? Reach the people that God has called you to, but do it because God has spoken to you and He has called you to. He hasn’t called you to do ministry within any structure, but to do ministry within the structure that best reaches the people God has called you to! Who are you called to reach?