Guest Blog Post:

Come to my World

My 11 year old son, Kaden, was recently playing Xbox Live. (And for those of you who don’t know what that means, it basically means that he can play video games with his friends on-line while they are all at their respective houses.) In the game that they were playing (Minecraft) they each have their own “virtual world” that they are working to create. They build houses, dig tunnels and add all kinds of fun things to “their world”.


Another pretty cool feature is that you can go and visit a friend’s world and help them construct it…and, in turn, they can visit your world and do the same. The problem comes when both Kaden and a friend want the other to visit “their world”. The other day I was overhearing one of Kaden’s friends inviting Kaden to come help him with his world. Kaden, in a moment that was less than his best (which I have as well), was unwilling to do so and instead, tried to convince his friend to come to his world. This discussion went back and forth between the two somewhat stubborn young men until finally Kaden exclaimed in a louder voice, “WON’T YOU PLEASE COME TO MY WORLD!?!”

It was then that it struck me that this wasn’t far from how many of Christ’s followers go about sharing Him with a lost world.

How many of us as staff, student leaders and volunteers have used an invitation to church, youth group or a Christian club as our main evangelistic effort? (And that’s certainly not a bad thing to do…but to people who never go to church, could it sound at least a bit like “won’t you please come to my world”?) How many of us are waiting for our friends to come to us and start a relationship? How many student leaders have sat next to same lost students for months or years hoping that they will ask about God? How many of us see a hurting world on the news and never venture out into it?

Matthew 10:16-20 “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues. On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

Jesus made it clear from the beginning. His intent was to send us out…not have us sit and wait for the world to come to us. He was also clear that it would come with challenges. He never pretended it would be easy. He just told us to do it. Most importantly, He promised to be with us as the Spirit gives us the words that will be needed. Jesus never sat at the temple and shouted, “Hey, will you please come to my world?” He went to the world. He sat with tax collectors and sinners. He touched lepers. He shared loving words with prostitutes.

He sent us out. May we be willing to go to “their world”…knowing that He will go with us.

Guest blog written by: Scott McCloughan 
Kalamazoo, MI Youth for Christ

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