I got the impression that when Hans learned of the disease, he took it in stride, resting in His Sovereign’s perfect plan. Within three months he was gone. Or should I say, “promoted“?
Hans was a carpenter by trade. A German who immigrated to the U.S. in his late teens. Somewhere along the way, he became quietly and deeply obsessed with the Lord Jesus, and with getting His message of love and hope out to the world.
What I loved about Hans was the fact that he was a laboring man. No flair. No superlatives. Just a down-home get-the-job-done kind of guy. Because he told it straight, it wasn’t hard to get his drift.
I doubt that Hans gave much attention to the latest computer gadgetry, or that he thought much about the GNP, leveraging, IPO’s, PE ratios, etc.
But he knew the Book… and he knew its Author. And he knew how to connect the average Joe with the Author of the Book.
You know, when you think of it, most of Jesus’ twelve disciples were the Hans Schneiders of the world. Guys close to the pavement. Today, I suppose they would be the men driving trucks, putting up dry-wall, or working jackhammers.
In fact, now that I think about it, Jesus was a carpenter – also a working man.
It seems to me that unless the Gospel is communicated in ways that infect “Joe six pack,” it will be hopelessly impeded in the narrow corridors of academia and among the minority class of the privileged elite.
QUESTION: If you happen to belong to that class of upwardly mobile fast trackers, you face a grave danger of developing an attitude of elitism and class pride. If, in ministering the Gospel, Jesus moved naturally among the common people of this world, shouldn’t we? If we are uncomfortable with that idea, do we not need to humble ourselves and pray for a spirit of brokenness?
“Harmonize with others in your thinking; do not aspire to eminence, but willingly adjust yourselves to humble situations; do not become wise in your own conceits.… The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” (Romans 12:16 – Berkeley Translation; Psalm 51:17; see Matthew 9:9-13)