The Light at the End of the Funnel

by Mark T. Hancock · 5 comments

Think of a funnel.

Inside the funnel is where we, being perfected by God, live and breathe. It’s where the experiences of life, the embrace of a friend, the timely scripture, the quiet encounter, the song, the Presence, the rebuke, the guy on the radio, all work together to shake, rattle and roll us toward the narrow end of the funnel as we are becoming more like Him.

The light at the end of the funnel is Him in all His glory and we are being equipped, edified, grown, joined, knit, and loved into His likeness.

At the large end of the funnel is where the real action is. There, the opening is wide enough to apprehend, by love, whosoever will.

That’s where I was lost and that’s where I was found. Only by His grace was the funnel wide enough for me.

Thank God there were those to point me to Him, to show me the Light, and to tell me that – as impossible as it may have seemed in my filthy state – I could become more like Him.

When it is easier for an alcoholic to approach us than to approach a bar, when it is easier for an fornicator to encounter our love standard than to encounter their next love interest, when it is easier for a pregnant teen to enter the church than enter an abortion clinic, when it is easier for a homeless man to feel shelter in us than in a bottle or under a bridge, then we are doing our best work at the open end of the funnel.

We’ll drop our first stones and understand the work of the street preacher and the evangelist and the homeless ministry and the pregnancy center and the seeker-friendly church and the TV preacher, and all those doing their work in their place.

And perhaps we’ll remember that, no matter who we think we were, we started at the large end of the funnel.

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Christina Lusk September 21, 2010 at 9:14 am

At first I only read it because of it’s engaging title… but after, felt inspired.
Thanks Mark. I will repost this on my FB page. (My friend, Sandy Roberts aka “Smiles”, often posts your stuff on hers as well.) We like!

Lisa Owens September 27, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Mark, Inspiring word to those who are headed toward the light at the end of the funnel, but are in the ever-increasing whirlpool that is created the closer we travel to the end-which is the begining.

Mary Ann Hagerty October 6, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Awesome, powerful message!! Thank you!!

Sally Apokedak October 29, 2011 at 1:28 am

Great post. I was thinking recently how uncomfortable I am around nonChristians, or even immature Christians, these days. I don’t like the conflict. I don’t like to have to decide whether to tell them I think abortion is sinful or whether to just pray while they carry on about a woman’s rights. I’d rather hang with people who are at my stage of the journey. When did that happen to me? I was saved as an adult and mature Christians cared enough to love me and pray for me as unfit as I was for the church. I’m going to try to make an effort to do the same for others now.

David Servin October 19, 2015 at 11:31 am

Spot on! And we need to make sure that we don’t slip into “Funnel Hierarchy,” where on the one hand we accept those-who-seek into the funnel, but on the other hand we carefully construct small elitist levels in the funnel’s neck into which we situate ourselves and surgically exclude and lord over the others based on our own human concepts of self-righteousness and positional importance.

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