On communicating God’s truth and love, by Hannah.
Recently, a thought has been imprinted on my mind – perhaps a simple one, but nonetheless important. It is as follows: we do not have time.
These five words help bring clarity to so many questions, such as what plans to make. This is not an urgency in the sense of anxious, unnecessary hurry: but one that is purposeful, directing, and brings focus.
We do not have time.
There is no time to be aimless, self-centered, or wasteful. The earth is literally coming to an end, and people are dying in the thousands to go to an eternity in hell, while the rest of us are seemingly okay with it and perhaps feel slight embarrassment talking about our faith because other people who are dying and separated from God may think us foolish and pressure us to keep spiritual things to ourselves. What misplaced shame, to own the very access to heaven, but withhold its truth from others!
We do not have time to worry what other people think about our self-image or claims of Christ. We do not have time to be self-centered, or for identity crises. We don’t have time for addictions, watching mindless TV, or anything which pulls our focus from God. The only thing which we have time for is glorifying Him and sharing what He has done for us. Certainly bringing Him glory encompasses a great many things, including enjoying the lives we have been given and our work. It may also include many aspects that are fun or that have less immediate rewards.
Yet somehow, our souls are often lulled into a coma, inactive at loving others, a silent witness, and sitting on our hands. Meanwhile, our friends and families suffer for lack of someone to exemplify God’s love to them, and strangers forego comprehending the greatest joy the world has ever known.
It has been said that “you may be the only Bible that someone ever reads” – if this is true, what are we communicating about God’s grace, hope, truth and love? If we are laughing at the same jokes as everyone else, saying the same things, and standing for nothing, how can anyone ever know what sets us apart?
I have often been perhaps the most guilty of being a blank book: this year, let us write God’s word all over our hearts, until even the blind can read that God is not only alive, but living inside us and compelling others to let Him make them new.
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
– Matthew 5:14-16, NKJV
Are you living as a blank book, or as an ambassador of God’s truth and love?
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