CLASSIFICATIONS! As a Christian what do you see when you look at the multitudes of people around you; those in your neighborhood, town, village, city, State, or Nation? I live in South Florida and when people view this area they see people in different ways. People may be viewed by their ethnicity, language, color, religion, housing, job, driving habits, sex, voter classification or in a myriad of other ways. But as Christians when we see all these classifications of people are we really viewing them through God’s eyes and with Jesus’ heart? Have we become so classification focused that we really miss the big picture and do we become so evangelistically focused on classifications of people that we miss the opportunity to be God’s witness to all those around us? Now these questions may seem strange for a person who in God’s ministry is involved in ministry primarily to Caribbean people. But does ministry among one classification of people exclude any Christian’s responsibility to all people in God’s harvest field called the world? I think not.
The Gospel of Matthew speaking of Jesus says, “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field,” (Matthew 9:36-38 NIV). America today is vastly different today from the America I was born and raised in. God has truly brought the people groups of the entire world to America. Classification of groups in America has grown exponentially and I am afraid for many Christians this has caused us to lose focus on the fact that all people around us really fall into just two classifications: saved and lost. And if they are lost, in spite of all the classifications that our society may put on them, Christians need to be one of God’s workers and reach those lost people for Christ because they are in God’s harvest field. Are there many approaches for doing God’s work? Yes. But don’t get so hung up on classifications of people that we miss the opportunities God brings into our lives on a daily basis.