“... our whole life is to be a thank offering to God.”
Romans 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. (NIV® 84)
Matthew 5:16b Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. (NIV® 84)
1 Peter 3:15b Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. (NIV® 84)
The summer months are upon us. This is the time of weekends at the campground or cabin, baseball or softball or soccer games for the kids, vacations, and all sorts of other fun activities. Last month my encouragement to you was not to let all this activity distract you from joining together with your fellow Christians to feed your faith. That is good advice that you would do well to heed. The health of our faith is more important than anything else in our lives.
But of course, being a Christian does not mean we spend 24 hours a day, seven days a week studying God’s Word and singing praises to him. Really, our whole life is to be a thank offering to God. The way we conduct ourselves at our jobs. The way we interact with our spouse, our classmates or co-workers, our friends. It is all an opportunity for us to put our faith in action by showing love to God and other people. It is all an opportunity for us to thank God for the wonderful gift of salvation he has given us in his Son, Jesus Christ, a gift that we enjoy through faith in him. When we show forth the love of God in the way we carry ourselves, in the way we treat other people, it has an effect. People take notice. They might wonder what we have that they don’t. It may give us a special opportunity to tell them about Jesus. Even if they don’t ask us about Jesus, it’s clear that God always wants us to be looking for a way to share him with others.
If you saw someone drowning and had the chance to the pull them into safety, wouldn’t it give you such a great feeling to know you just saved someone’s life? Well when you tell other people about Jesus, and the Sprit leads them to believe in him through your message, just think about how much more amazing that is. That person has just been rescued from an eternity in hell. They have just come into possession of the greatest thing that any person could ever have: eternal life in Jesus, the right to be God’s own child right now and to someday live in a place where “there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain…” (NIV® 84)
All this means if you have lots of activities planned for this summer that you may in fact have a special opportunity. You may have the chance to interact with some new faces and to do so on a regular basis. Wherever you find yourself this summer, whoever you find yourself spending time with, take advantage of the opportunities God gives you. Shine the light of Christ in your life in all that you say and do. Have the same caring and selfless heart for others that he does for you and live your life accordingly. When the opportunity arises, be quick to tell people all about Jesus, all about the love he has for you and me and all people, all about all he did to save us from our sins and win us eternal life. As we Christians sow that seed, the Spirit will continue to carry out his work, to work faith when and where he pleases, to bring more and more people to enjoy the salvation that Jesus has won for them.
Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Andy DeGier