The region where we live is made up mostly of gated communities. The advertising trucks with their large speakers can’t drive down the residential streets with their tinny sales pitches. So when I heard a distorted audio advertisement outside this morning, I wondered how the business had gotten to us to get out his message. Then I heard it: overhead, a low-flying single-engine plane was zigzagging across the skies piping out the sound.
The church has a message to get out to the whole world. Satan throws up barriers to it. He would keep us out of people’s hearts. He would block us from entering nations. He would prevent us from changing lives and bringing peace and justice to the world.
People of the world are often wiser than saints in the kingdom of God, said the Lord. When it comes to making money, they live by the adage, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” They do indeed find a way. Even if they have to hire an airplane to pipe out the offer of their goods and services.
When we bump up against a barrier, we soon conclude that God did not will us to go there. Perhaps we should adopt more of the pagans’ persistence, since one thing we know: God wants the word preached to all peoples, regardless, and he gives us the means to do it.
By all means, let’s obey his mandate.
I have become all things to all people, so that by all means I may save some.
1 Corinthians 9:22b NET