I have been listening to a sermon series this week about Missions. *Note: that link goes to the last sermon I listened to. The series is called "The Great Cause."
Lately, I have been thinking a lot about the people I come into contact with every day. I think I spend so much time thinking about how to share the Gospel with them, that I just don't. Chandler puts it in such a great way - "You know this has to happen, so how do you want to do this?" (to his unbelieving friends).
As Christians, we do tend to want to serve instead of speak, to give instead of preach Truth, to do anything that makes us feel like we have fulfilled our "Christian duties" instead of actually tell people they are heading in the wrong direction. Or they are just completely off the path!
I want my life to be so filled with Christ that I can't help but share the Gospel with others. The truth that we are all sinners, separated from God and bent towards folly. That we are not able to fix this ourselves - nothing we can do can make us right with God. That basically, we are screwed. But GOD, being rich in mercy, sent His son to die in our place as an atoning sacrifice for that sin. But it doesn't stop there - the slate isn't only wiped clean (as my small group talked about last night,) but Christ imputes His righteousness on us! God sees us as blameless before Him because of Christ! How incredible is that?
I want to spend my life loving others because of His love for me and because I recognize it. I want my life to be about encouraging others to point them to Christ. Sometimes, I just feel like I am failing all the time.
Lord, help me to love others. Help me to serve others, and to speak the Truth to others. And sanctify me. Sanctify me, sanctify me, sanctify me...