Tuesday, August 2, 2011
What Type of House Do You Live In?
When our lives are committed to Christ, we have several important tasks. First, we are His ambassadors to this world. We are called to tell others the Good News of Jesus Christ, His salvation and His kingdom. (John 17:18; Matt. 24:14). Our light shines when we reflect this call and serve others in their needs as Christ has served us. What a difference this makes! The world does not do this. However, we must be on guard that we do not fall prey to materialism, the indifference towards God and the pursuit of pleasure or status that drives this society. We are in this world, but we are not to be of this world. Our life is a pilgrim's journey as we pass through this world to our home with God. During our lifespan, then, we are to make a difference by shining for Christ...living a life to His glory in obedience.
Jesus calls us to listen to others, empathize with them, care for them, bind up their wounds, but not to fall into their practices. Instead, we are to use our opportunities of service to demonstrate His love and be able to share our faith that those lost in sin may hear about the Savior.
Our job is to illuminate our world and to be the salt that helps to preserve godly conduct. The Lord has graciously chosen us unworthy vessels to pour out His blessing of love upon. Yet, it does not stop there. We are then, in turn, to carry it to those around us and share His news of salvation. This is why we are here that we may bloom where He has planted us.
Somehow, God always seems to speak to my heart through analogies and I could not help but see the tremendous contrast between the houses that were well kept and those that were left to decay. Our world is like that. We must be living in a house fully dedicated to Christ so that our light may shine brightly. People will notice, and they will ask what makes us so different. This is when we have the privilege of telling them about a Savior who offers us a new life of forgiveness from our sins. Lets get busy and look at our lives and remove anything that keeps us from shining brightly or being salt in this hurting world of ours. Selah!
What areas has God called you to work on? I welcome your insights and words of encouragement. Please feel free to leave them here.