Roger Fields is president of Blitz Ministries and author of the books Breaking the Hex and Jumping the Track as well as various articles for leading ministry magazines. When he isn’t on the road with Blitz live events, he runs a charming Kentucky wedding farm.
Not All That Spiritual
Nobody considered them to be spiritual.
They didn’t attend Sunday services or even Saturday night services. They did not belong to a small group. They didn’t keep a prayer journal. They never attended a men’s Bible study group. As far as we can tell, they had no interest in God. NOBODY considered them to be godly/religious/spiritual.
They were rugged. They were gritty. They were outdoorsmen.
They were shepherds.
And yet when the big announcement came down, they were the ones who got the message. Not the religious teachers. Not the goody two shoes spiritual types.
One night about 2000 years ago a bunch of dirty shepherds were hanging out in a field. No one knew their names. No one knew exactly who they were. They were just doing their job, making sure their sheep didn’t run off or get eaten by a hungry beast.
They seldom ventured into town. They were on the outside looking in, rarely included in anything spiritual. They were outsiders.
Angles burst into their world in the middle of the night to make the epic announcement: a Savior is here. They got the point: Somebody is here to do for you what you cannot do yourself.
And in the same region there were SHEPHERDS OUT IN THE FIELD, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a SAVIOR, who is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:8-11)
They were the first to get God’s big announcement that a Savior had just entered the world. One angel showed up with a lot of bright lights. Then a bunch of angels. All to make one announcement: for the first time in history a Savior was on the planet!
They didn’t need a new book. They weren’t looking for a study guide. They weren’t inclined to join a group. Their biggest need wasn’t even for Bible principles.
God sent them what they needed most: a Savior.
They were clueless about the virgin birth. They did not understand the complexities of the trinity. They did not grasp the inerrancy of God’s Word.
One thing was true about them: They lived in the real world.
God didn’t send more rules. He didn’t drop some religious obligations on them. He gave them a Savior.
That’s what they needed. That’s what we need. A Savior. Nothing more. Nothing less. The Savior is on the planet.
In every Blitz event, we assume there are “shepherds” in the crowd.
We know there are people attending who are not theological, not spiritual. They are on the outside of mainline church life looking in. We believe those are the types of people Jesus came to reach. They are His target audience and, therefore, ours too.
They just need a Savior.
They need to know the Savior has entered their world.