When we think of adventure we may picture James Bond or Mission Impossible in which the stakes at hand are nothing less saving the planet’s population from ruin and destruction. You know the scene. As the agent is given his or her mission, they’re told, “the fate of the world lies in your hands.” Those who discover the Adventure Advantage understand that their mission is a rescue mission and that indeed in many ways “the fate of the whole world lies in their hands.”
People are dying of a deadly disease and we have the cure. People are struggling with tough questions and we have the answer. People believe lies for lack of knowing the truth. We know it. We know Him.
We must do whatever it takes to reach them. Paul shares his strategy:
First Corinthians 9
20When I am with the Jews, I become one of them so that I can bring them to Christ. When I am with those who follow the Jewish laws, I do the same, even though I am not subject to the law, so that I can bring them to Christ. 21When I am with the Gentiles who do not have the Jewish law, I fit in with them as much as I can. In this way, I gain their confidence and bring them to Christ. But I do not discard the law of God; I obey the law of Christ. 22When I am with those who are oppressed, I share their oppression so that I might bring them to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone so that I might bring them to Christ. 23I do all this to spread the Good News, and in doing so I enjoy its blessings. (NLT)
Another version puts it this way:
22I do everything I can to win everyone I possibly can. (CEV)
In economics they’re called a market, in entertainment an audience. Socialism refers to them as the masses, democracy the electorate. But for those of us who try to see the world through the eyes of Jesus they are one thing—the harvest.
And, like people on a mission (which is what we are) we will use every tool, consider every idea, and go to any corner of the earth to reach them. People. People for whom Christ died. People we live to reach.
Oh, to see the world we live in as God sees it is a never-ending challenge. But those who do, whose who can grasp that perspective and not let it slip away, are those who most clearly experience the Adventure Advantage.
We can’t help but experience the advantage of adventure when we realize the world is waiting.