This weekend, my family attended the estate auction of my grandmother... There were several things that would make the people on those antique reality shows drool. I smiled at the thought as my wife and I walked along the tables looking at everything. But then it happened…we walked by a box of wooden shelves and I saw the crescent moon with a stairwell going from one landing at the bottom of the moon to a landing at the top.
In order to provide for our families, we work more hours or more jobs. We spend more time at work or looking for work knowing good and well our family needs the husband and father around more. But something occurred to me a while ago; the large company I work for doesn’t want me working more. In fact, the company doesn’t want me at all. If you spend the majority of your day working and reading/studying the Bible so you can provide for and lead your family, what are you left with when you realize you work for a company that doesn’t want you and serve a God that doesn’t need you?
Too often throughout our day, our focus is on everything except Christ. Our days are so filled at times it can almost seem to minimize our risen Lord. So I will pose the question – What are you focused on? What would merit such a reaction and cause you to jump out of your boat?
As a Christian, I am God’s representative to the world. I work for Him and on occasion have been called upon to defend my faith. I have the Bible as a guideline with which to live my life. All I really have to do obey, have faith in His ability, and let my light shine. But how often did my light truly shine?
When the Partners for the Gospel was started, it was meant to be a helpful and encouraging tool for us and others in the ministry. As I read the articles posted each week by my Christian brothers, I would call this a great success for which I am grateful to be a part. Since we are all believers, our sharing of the Gospel especially to each other often goes without saying. But in the last few weeks, I have felt under conviction because of exactly that…it has gone without saying.
Isn’t it amazing how far God will lead us if we are willing?! In my previous post, we can imagine Peter launching out into the deep almost as a kind gesture. “Okay, I’ll do it, but I’m telling you we’re not going to catch anything.” He was not only willing to fail, but probably expecting it just to appease Jesus’ request and prove he knew what he was talking about. It was the obedience we discussed earlier with little faith to speak of.