“Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.” (Matthew 22:9)
What drives you? Are you able to back it up with a halfway believable origin story? How did you get to be the person you are today, on the way to where you are? Maybe some elaboration is in order?
“Produce your cause, saith the Lord; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob.” (Isaiah 41:21, emphasis mine)
Just cause? Just ’cause?
The implication in the Hebrew for “cause” is suit–as in lawsuit. Case has the same etymological source (in English). It all makes sense when we look at our life as lived before God as judge with Jesus as advocate. Though, try and shed the condemning, judgmental aspect of God the Father should that be the first thing that crops up in your mind. Obviously not a license to sin, but Jesus took our punishment.
The cause of Christ can take many shapes and forms and paths, but they all lead to one place. Jesus Christ Himself. Really, it doesn’t matter what it is you’re doing, as long as it’s imbued with the Spirit of Jesus and the attitude that He has for the world at large (two qualifiers that aren’t easily dismissible). I will say this, that the more we rally behind the banner which Jesus carries for us (“his banner over me was love” Song of Solomon 2:4), the more likely it is that we’ll end up interacting with people. People of all types. The “true riches” (see Luke 16:11). And interacting with people from every walk of life gives us the opportunity to wrap them in the love of Jesus.
And that’s the whole point here. What is it that we are doing to get in touch with other people? This isn’t about approaching and accosting random individuals to share the Gospel with them–on our own and merely because we want to. As an aside, I find it interesting to run across those who want to share the Gospel with me. I respect their devotion and all, but maybe some tact is needed? Their heart’s right, but instead of finding out what I do believe first, they assume I don’t. It’s not upsetting, more annoying. You get the idea. Nevermind.
“Shew me Thy ways, O Lord; teach me Thy paths.” (Psalm 25:4)
The word “ways”, there in the King James is derek in Hebrew. The word means “ways”, of course with the connotation of a “road”. Maybe a “causeway”? I think I can draw that inference. A causeway is a road that is paved and runs along a body of water or other naturally unnavigable surface. Kinda like the “high road” at ground level. I like that
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways.” (Isaiah 55:9)
All roads do not lead to God, but when we follow Jesus, whatever road you’re on, will give you the opportunity to encounter those who you’d never consider meeting on your own. The cause of Christ applies to everyone, so stay the course.
“And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men (and women), though fools, shall not err therein.” (Isaiah 35:8)
In closing, there’s a mass of rock formation on the north tip of Ireland called the Giant’s Causeway. It’s a series of hundreds of hexagonal steps ascending from ground level in a mound that continues down under the water line. The Irish folktale of Finn Mac Cool tells of his near altercation with the giant Benandonner. When the giant made his way to meet and fight Finn, Finn’s wife decided to disguise him as a baby–his own. Upon seeing him, the giant had no desire to encounter his father and so ran away pell-mell. Thus, the Giant’s Causeway was formed. Good to know. Because I was under the impression it was formed from volcanic activity millions of years ago. Either way…