Monday, August 12, 2013
green means go
If you could make a difference for the Kingdom of God in your community, what would you do? If you could share the love of Christ in a real and meaningful way with a particular person or group of people, how would you do it?
What if you were given a green light by God to share the love of Christ in a way that only you can? Would that change how you feel about evangelism and outreach? God has done everything for you and for your salvation in and through Jesus Christ your Lord. So now that you don't have to do anything, what are you going to do? What are the gifts and talents God has blessed you with? How can you put them to use in sharing the Gospel? Do you have a good “green light idea” to expand the Kingdom of God in your community?
Before we begin this venture, we must come to terms with the realization of the difficulty of the task - the effort and the sacrifices which it will demand. God never said it was going to be easy, but He did promise to always be with us. Keep calm ... and believe God's promises. Take your plans and dreams to the Lord, pray "not my will but thine be done." Spend time with Him in His Word. "He is your refuge and strength, an ever present help in times of trouble" (Psalm 46)
Oh, and by the way, if you think you'll be able to achieve your plan by your own skill and ingenuity, you had better give up right away. If you aren't prepared for a little discouragement and disillusionment along the way, if you won't be content with a small result for a big effort, then you might as well not begin at all.
But if you feel the Lord's calling in your life, if you know that this is what you are supposed to do, and are braced for the battle by prayer and the Word, how should you begin? Dear friend in Christ - simply begin. There are no magic words or special formulas that one must say at the beginning of a venture like this. If someone stands on the edge of a swimming pool and asks, “How do I begin to jump?” you simply reply, “Just jump. Take a deep breath and jump.”
Go on. Take a leap of faith. You’ve got the green light.