My friend, may I ask you a question? When you and I follow Christ is it often a temptation to spend most of our time praising His name but not lighting any fires under unbelievers by giving them an opportunity to hear the Word and receive the Spirit of God?
Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
Years ago I burned trash on Wednesday mornings. Since it was a chore I did it prior to going to the office, as my time was limited. I had two boxes of matches in the garage for the purpose of igniting the trash. One box had been there for some time and the other was new. I wanted to use the old box up, so I’d been trying to use these first. The problem was, the matches were slightly damp and they simply crumbled when striking. I could go through a dozen before I found one that lit. That burned up time and not a lot of trash. Eventually one day as I lugged out the trash I decided that the old box, full as it was, would go into the fire as well. One good match from the new box equaled at least a dozen from the old one.
When you and I follow Christ is it often a temptation to spend most of our time praising His name but not lighting any fires under unbelievers by giving them an opportunity to hear the Word and receive the Spirit of God?
Here’s a story: By his retirement, missionary Hubert Mitchell had memorized most of the New Testament. In his golden years he spent his days in downtown Chicago, going from office building to office building. Inside he’d ask secretaries if he could have five minutes with their boss to talk about a personal matter. When ushered into the boss’s office, he would say, “I only have five minutes, but I want to ask you, did you read your Bible this morning?” Most would look at him and say, “No.” Mitchell would open a New Testament and hand it to the boss, and say, “Let’s start right here.” Then he would start quoting it word for word. The boss would listen, amazed. After five minutes, Mitchell would say, “Time’s up and I’ve got to go. Wasn’t that a blessing?” Most times the boss would ask him to stay longer, and they would talk. Mitchell led men to Christ all over downtown Chicago that way, because God’s word was burning in his heart. (Peter Kennedy)
Charles Wesley, the great English evangelist, once said, “Give me one man on fire for Christ and I’ll show you more souls saved than 300 men who simply praise His name.” Worshipping is a necessary part of our faith life. But, actually doing the work is far more worshipful than simply hoping people will get saved. Putting faith into action means putting a fire under our faith and doing the work. There’s no telling when our fire will ignite someone else’s faith. But, keep that faith to ourselves and we’re no better than that box of old, damp matches; fit only for the fire ourselves.
We pray. Heavenly Father, we are so blessed that we can praise Your holy name and bring You our worship every day of our lives. Thank you for filling us with Your Spirit that we might proclaim You in this way. Father, please move us to share Your Spirit through Your Word with others that they too may know the wonder, the blessings of worshipping you. Keep us in Your Word that we may be able to do this in sincerity and love, day after day. We pray In Jesus Name. 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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