Perhaps one of the greatest tragedies in church history is that since the time of Jesus, there has always been a greater harvest of lost souls than committed laborers could manage. In Matthew 9, Jesus says it plainly:
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Matthew 9:36-38)
There is an old story that used to circulate around my church. You may have heard this one, but I find that it doesn’t hurt to be reminded of it every once in a while. “One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked, ‘What are you doing?’ The boy replied, ‘Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll dry up and die.’ ‘Young man” he said, “on this stretch of beach alone, there must be more than one hundred stranded starfish. Around the next corner, there must be at least one thousand more. This goes on for miles and miles and miles – There must be millions of stranded starfish! I hate to say it, but this will never make a difference!’
After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said…..“It made a difference for that one.”
AGO is not the most expansive ministry, nor does it currently have all the resources we are praying for; however, when we invest into the lives of our fellow brothers, it can change the trajectory of a lost college student and help them experience Jesus in a way they never had before. Change doesn’t often happen in two or three big moments; change often happens over the course of ten thousand little moments. And these little moments of faithfully sowing will make a difference to those souls who get involved with the brotherhood.
One example of this can be seen in the recent transformation for two of the pledges at our Epsilon Chapter. Pictured below is Angel (left) and David (right) surrounded by AGO Epsilon brothers and Director of Spiritual Life, Max Discar, right after they both decided to dedicate their lives to Jesus and get baptized! Angel was agnostic and was struggling with some things, and David was Jewish but had not yet heard the full Gospel! Now they are both professing Believers, and AGO’s presence has certainly made a difference in their lives.
This is why we do what we do.
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Strong the Ties,
Maximilian J. Discar