Sunday, May 01, 2005

Make your life a mission for the truth!

When traveling down the road last week I came upon a sign which each of you have seen on numerous occasions, it said that this particular stretch of road was maintained by the Elks club. You all know how this works, a person or a group of people take a stretch of highway, make it their own and keep it beautiful cleaning it as needed. No group can take the whole highway, so they each stake out a piece and try to do the best they can with a part, leaving it to others to do their best on other segments. All of the highway is important, but you are called to do one piece, and do it well. I like to think that there is a lesson for us here that touches upon our responsibility to share the gospel with every creature God places in front of us and to seek to do so regardless of what part of the highway God assigns us. The parable of the wedding feast contains this statement” Therefore go into the highways and as many as you find invite to the wedding “. I believe that wherever God places us is our part of the highway, our work, our play our church, wherever your foot shall tread.” Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us The Ministry Of Reconciliation, that is, that GOD was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.” Let me pick out a few words from the texts quoted "Go, Find, Invite, Plead, Implore...Come to the Feast, Be reconciled to God!" Your entire life no matter what you do is a mission field for the truth of God, the responsibility is clear, you have the ball, what you do with it is up to you! A few verses from trinity hymn 496,”Go, labor on while it is day: The world’s dark night is hastening on, Speed, speed thy work, cast sloth away; It is not thus that souls are won. Toil on faint not, keep watch and pray; be wise the erring soul to win; Go forth into the world’s highway, Compel the wanderer to come in”. How shall they hear unless someone be sent? I guess we have been sent.

Thought in Christ,
Shawn

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