So, I went to post yesterday's prayer on social media before running out the door for work and thought to myself... where in the world, did this month go?
Then I got to work and within fifteen minutes, was thinking that it was the 27th, not the 26th.
Meanwhile, someone with a sense of humor posted a meme that reminds us that Christmas is only 11 months away (for those interested in the countdown, of course).
I almost asked the time-related question as I posted the link to a private group page, then thought... no, I'll save it for tomorrows title.
Indeed, time is short and the days are evil. As Petra sings, this ol' world's, in such upheaval; we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but when the enemy comes in like a flood. Stand Up. Take a stand for Jesus.
While nobody is perfect and God can and does use anybody to advance the Gospel, it is we who stand in the way of the message of Christ going forth. It's easy for believers to think that if their testimony of coming to Christ isn't some dramatic story of salvation, that's it's not worth sharing... and that's exactly when the enemy of all souls would love for us to believe. Furthermore, at least for me, if one's lifestyle doesn't match the testimony they share... does it prove all the more, their need for a Savior, for even Christians make a mistakes.
I'll be the first to admit I don't have it all together. Yet what good are words that point to Christ if one's very life doesn't point to Christ?
I say all that to say, whether you are working to reach people with the Gospel message as your life's work across the globe or reaching out with the Gospel as you live life and go to work just minutes from home, the truth remains... we are running out of time. Both to live lives that are pleasing to God and to speak words of truth to those who need to hear what Christ has done in our lives; whether the story is dramatic or ordinary.
For if you haven't lived as Saul of Tarsus before he became Paul, why would you need a Damascus road encounter with God?
Will you join me, this #missionsFriday, that the lives of all believers would be used to advance the kingdom of God with the message of Christ. May we not wait to share our testimony until our life or lifestyle is "good enough", for that is part of the story... that not one of us is "good". Pray God grant us boldness to speak the truth in love, even to those we know it will be a difficult conversation. May we not get caught in the trap of comparing testimonies and giving in to the temptation to not speak up and take a stand for Christ. Pray, we would rightly take our place, to be a light on a hill, that points other to Christ, even as we continue to have our mistakes and moments of failure.
As time runs out
We are always reminded.
Of our own need for Christ
And so does the person next to you, wherever you are.
Taking a stand for Jesus
For time is slipping away.
Just a man, attempting to fulfill God's plan. Husband, Dad, Dreamer. Blogger.