Missionaries selling something already in abundance
Business genius - there is no other way to describe it. Taking something that is free and in abundance, packaging it up, and selling it. Like marketing sand in the desert. You would think this is just a myth, right?
Not in France.
Let me give you some context: I have this theory that it is impossible to make a visit to the doctor here without coming out with a prescription for something. Usually, four things.
Now, first you have to know that I'm one of those men who doesn’t go to the doctor. Unless I'm really sick - I have to be almost dying. So when I almost chopped my thumb off, I wrapped it in tape and went to the doctor. It was fine. When I could barely walk because of a running injury, I went to the doctor and got some exercises - job done.
Recently, my wife and I decided I should probably get some moles checked out, just to be on the safe side; no point in taking any risks as far as skin cancer is concerned. So I went to the doctor. I am very thankful to say I was fine, but I couldn’t just go home. No, I came away with a prescription for vaccine updates, an appointment with a specialist, and blood tests to have done.
In January, I took my son to the doctor, because his winter cold was dragging on a bit. And, of course, we came away with a prescription for the usual four items: throat syrup, pain killers, a suspicious powder to make into a solution to drink, and… Physiomer.
Physiomer comes in a special bottle that you have to insert into your nose and squirt, in order to clean out your nostrils. And the bottle contains seawater. Yes, France is surrounded on three sides by the sea, and yet we still have to pay for it. Genius. Or something. Someone is doing well out of this, anyway.
But my manly pride is not necessarily a good thing. I secretly thank God for my wife who forces me to check out those “little” problems, even when my instincts say, “I don't go to the doctor! I have no needs – certainly nothing I can’t handle on my own.”
But it strikes me that this same attitude is shared by many of those living around us when faced with God and their spiritual needs. They don’t need Him; they aren't sick. They're doing quite well, thank you very much.
We read in the Bible that Jesus said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”
As “missionaries,” we are marketing a “product” which is in abundance and free. And yet, we are faced with two problems:
- People don’t know about it. And worse,
- They think they don’t need it
Maybe we should all take a leaf out of the French doctor’s book and, with everyone we see, make sure they go away with at least this one item, "Grace and Love," on their prescription. If they choose not to take it, at least they will know it’s available. And, as well as being the professional doctor, we also need to be caring like my wife, gently encouraging those people we care about, that God cares about, to examine themselves a little closer.