I preached my heart out today about the change Jesus made in Saul of Tarsus to transform him into a man who loved and ministered to vast numbers of people all over the world. (Romans 16) Something that I did not include in my message is that the Lord did the same kind of thing to me. I was always the boy who could play alone for hours. I spent a great deal of my childhood entertaining myself. My elder sister loved the indoors, and I loved the outdoors. My younger sister came along eleven years after me so that I was pretty much grown when she was little. I did have friends that I did things with, but I still spent a lot of time alone.
Even though I had many opportunities to be a leader such as Class President, President of the Student Body, Captain of the football team and so on, I really would have preferred not to be in the spotlight. I was a bit timid and did just fine by myself. I avoided a lot of people that I thought might lead me to get into trouble, and so I was not invited to parties, especially where there might be alcohol or other things. I have no regrets about that. I kept my circle of close friends pretty tight.
When Jesus called me to do what I do today, he took a more or less introverted person and propelled me into a person who cannot go to a public place without searching the crowd for familiar faces. He caused me to have a nearly fanatical desire to know people and to touch their lives. In my heart I believe that he wants to move us all in a similar direction. He wants us to touch the lives of people for His sake. The purpose is not our popularity but his glory. We are to be a constant reminder to others that there is a God who loves them.