My friend, may I ask you a question? If something has value, are you obligated to share that value with others? How about your faith? Should you and I be anxious to share that as something of the utmost value? How about our faith?
My friend, life's a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
I’ve always been proud of my German heritage; specifically, the fact that my Great, Great Grandfather immigrated from Bavaria nearly two centuries ago. In keeping with that heritage, I purchased a Bavarian flag at a local German imports gift store. When I brought it home, it being a full-size flag (one that could be run up a flag pole), I proudly displayed it to my wife. Her first question was, “Where are you going to put that? You’re not thinking of putting on display, are you?” I looked at her with the expression of a 5th grade schoolboy who had just come into the possession of the world’s greatest run-over, dried and flattened toad. “Honey. You don’t buy a flag to keep it in your dresser drawer. Do you?” Fortunately, a compromise was struck. The flag hung on an obscure but suitable wall in my office for years.
If something has value, you just can’t help but share that value with others. So it is also with our faith.
Here’s a story: One night the keeper of the lighthouse on a rocky coast was taken ill and was unable to attend the light. The machinery became disordered and the light failed to revolve. A storm swept the dangerous coast and the keeper’s boy, a mere lad, climbed up to the lamp and during all the long hours of the stormy night turned with his own hands the lantern. In the morning, it was learned that two vessels with seven hundred souls on board had been able to make the harbor by the aid of the revolving light that had been kept in motion by the often tired, but ever vigilant boy. Unconsciously, the faithful boy had been the means of saving hundreds of lives, and all because he kept the light where it could be seen. (Topical Illustrations)
If we would only be as faithful in our spiritual lives as many are in their earthly and business lives, fewer souls would be stranded on the reefs of eternity. The Bible tells us that “people (do not) light a lamp and put it under a bowl” (Matthew 5:15). That means, like that gaudy but treasured Bavarian flag, there are some things in this life that are too valuable to have and not display. When it comes to our faith in Christ, we need to be vigilant in making sure that this isn’t something that we own but are content to put on the shelf. We’ve got too much invested in this faith to keep it to ourselves.
We pray. Heavenly Father. Lord give us a heart to share the Word of God boldly and in the power of Your Holy Spirit. Let us not be cowardly, or cling to things that really don’t matter. Give us a holy boldness to speak the truth when called up to do so! There is no one more worthy of our allegiance, than you Jesus! Let Your Spirit move upon each of us that call you Savior and Lord to be bold and obedient, regardless of the circumstances we may face! In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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