Championing the Cause
When we think of champions, we often think of winning a prize; whether it is the victor at an Olympics, a spelling bee, or perhaps even getting an award for bravery or valour by a government or national institution.
Yet we don’t necessarily connect being a champion to everyday life.
In our office at ReachAcross, we don’t have departments; for the simple reason that our entire team is always focused on a common goal. Though some staff members may be focused on planning an upcoming event, or assisting with an element of a work project, we help out each other the best way possible through our collective efforts - an approach we have seen work time and time again.
For the early pioneers of the church, it seemed that many of them began working as a small team of dedicated followers, who each became “champions” of a mission field in their own right, which led to the growth and expansion of what is known as the global Christian movement.
Peter, an unlikely disciple, actually learned from his early mistakes and became one of the most dedicated followers of Christ. In his words, the Lord revealed to him that
“...In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you…”
- 1 Peter 1:3-4 (NIV)
For his service and dedication, he became a champion of the faith, and so can you.