Lost causes. Do you know any? I’m sure you do. In fact, if you were to pause right now and think about the ministers that you know or have known, I bet you could readily identify at least a dozen that have shipwrecked in their ministries, their personal lives, and even in their faith. Some of them have made varying levels of recovery, while others haven’t–they appear to be lost causes. They’re not only disillusioned with ministry, but many of them are disillusioned with God, and for them, the question isn’t, “What does God have next for me?” but, “Does God have anything for me at all?”
Although I’m not Catholic, I keep thinking about St. Jude, the patron saint of desperate situations and lost causes. God is famous for reversing lost causes, and for most of us, we don’t need to look any further than our own histories to believe that. The Apostle Paul isn’t alone in claiming the tile, “chief of sinners” many of us own that title too. And in the rare event that our own story wouldn’t qualify as a desperate case or a lost cause, certainly even the quickest perusal of Scripture shows that God delights in making lost causes His causes. When He has His way prisoners get promoted…persecutors become preachers…adulterers write Scriptures…violent men model gentleness…and hopelessness becomes a platform for new beginnings.
Let’s take up the case for our brothers and sisters who appear to be lost causes. Let’s pray for them, championing their cause before heaven. Let’s consider going to them at the right time like Ananias did with Saul of Tarsus in Acts 9:17 where it says, “Placing his hands on Saul, Ananias said, ‘Brother Saul, the Lord…has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.'” Verse 18 says, “Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again.“
Ananias was a St. Jude for Saul’s lost cause. Let’s see if God wants us to be one too.
Know you are loved!