Ice Breakers

Posted: January 10, 2013 in Blog
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nuclear-icebreakerRemember icebreakers? You know, the silly ‘get to know you’ exercises at social functions? I do. At one particular gathering I remember the icebreaker quite well. We were asked, “Whom would we like to meet from a previous era of history?” After two or three of the ‘super-spiritual’ people answered ‘Jesus,’ a qualification was established that everyone wants to meet Jesus, but who else do you want to meet. I mean, if we are Christians, don’t we already know Jesus? And isn’t the Jesus we want to meet waiting for us in heaven? And aren’t we in a personal relationship with him?

I digress… where was I?

O yes, whom do we want to meet? In the little group exercise we definitely broke the ice, but it didn’t help the group learn anything about each other. What we learned was how others wanted to be viewed, which seems to pass right over the heads of a bunch of college students; at least it did my case.

Take me for example, I said I want to meet Admiral Byrd, the semi-famous explorer, known for his feats of exploration in the early 1900’s, who may or may not be in my family tree… Yeah, no one knew who he was either, but if I couldn’t pick Jesus I was going to go for someone impressive. My intent was to achieve the persona of cool; but I’ve since learned no one was impressed, and coming up with an obscure person only made me look like a dweeb.

Anyway, since then I’ve given thought to this little question, ‘whom do I want to meet.’ I know Jesus, and I’m growing in that relationship everyday. One day I will be with him in glory, but if I could meet anyone from ages past who would it be? I would like to meet Adoniram Judson. Another obscure person, I know, but I’m not trying to be cool in front of the ladies. For numerous reasons, important reasons, I want to meet this great man.

Judson seemed to possess indestructible resilience. He was infused with God’s Spirit and truth, fortifying him in an exceedingly difficult ministry. This man possessed what I do not seem to be able to grasp. Now, don’t get me wrong—he was not superman. However, he did prove to be particularly tough and devoted to his missionary work. Judson, in my estimation, was like the apostle Paul. He understood how weak he was and clung to the only source of strength and resolve.

In the end, I want to meet him because in the midst of gut wrenching adversity he fought the good fight of the faith. Over the next few posts, I’m going to explore some of the things that characterized Judson, his ministry, and his life. I want to better understand this man who was so mightily used by God, for the glory of God.

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