In January 1985, Madonna took the world by storm with her song “Material Girl”. In it, she said, “we’re living in a material world.” The point was she was only a product of the world in which we live. I agree that we are living in a material world, but we are also living in a spiritual world. I have been reading a couple of books lately on ministry within post-modern culture. It is hard to define post-modern culture, so ministry within this culture is evolving. A book on the subject from 3 years ago is nearly obsolete today. Thankfully God’s Word is never obsolete on the subject. In Acts 17, Paul makes this statement, “Men of Athens, I see you are religious in every respect.” That culture was spiritual. Our culture is spiritual. One of the aspects of our postmodern culture is that people are spiritual. Their spirituality may or may not involve the church. It may come from Oprah, Buddha, or a tree.
I took a break from my reading today to meet someone from my church over lunch. We had a great conversation. I overheard from 2 tables nearby, conversations about the Lord. Walking through the lobby on the way to my car, I heard someone talking about the Lord. I then drove to Target to pick up a few items and while I waited for my coffee at Starbucks, I heard to guys talking about Paul’s letter to the Romans! It was such a reminder to me that we live in a spiritual world. People are talking about spiritual things. It is on people’s minds. I pray that the Lord would give me opportunities to share the Truth of the Gospel of Jesus in these contexts. I pray that He would give you those opportunities as well.