As believers in Jesus Christ we can get caught up in going, traveling great distances to share the love of Christ. This calling is necessary, God places the passion of culture and language on our hearts for a reason, but this calling is not for everyone, and that’s okay. This letter is to those of you who are staying where you are, going to school, working, or still living with your parents. Being where you are is just as important as those who are called overseas. Where you are, you can have just as much impact around you. You can share the love of Christ just as much as people who are called to be a missionary, or even into ministry. See the reason it is important to stay where we are if we are not called, is because WE ARE CALLED. We are called to reach people from every tribe and tongue, and that means right where you are. We are all called to something greater than we think ourselves able. Remember the decisions we make today, impact tomorrow.
Not Everyone is called to be a world traveling missionary,
but everyone is called on a mission.
To share the gospel,
wherever we go,
to the ends of the earth -
which includes the people we pass by each and every day.
Friends, I know it can be a challenge to stand out, step outside our comfort zones, to step out in faith and talk to people. You do not have to start preaching the gospel or sharing your beliefs the first time you meet them, but first and foremost LOVE and begin to build a relationship. For some people it takes time, so pray. But if you do begin to share your faith, or are waiting for the perfect time to start, I'm telling you right now, there will never be the "perfect time" there may not be that "ah ha" moment. That "perfect time" you're waiting for may pass and you miss it. That "perfect time" may be each day when they sit alone at lunch, it may be when you see them alone, it may be sitting next to them in class, it may be... that’s just it, it may be, but we are not here to maybe tell someone about Jesus, we are here to share Him. We need to stop making excuses for as to why we didn't do something and instead do something. I often tend to regret the chances I didn't talk to someone, or didn't reach out, but not once have I regretted talking to someone about Jesus, and I feel it safe to say, I'm not the only one.
If we regret not talking to people, why do we continually not talk to people? If we aren't stepping out in faith, who is? If we are not talking to our co-workers or classmates, who is? Its funny to think about other religions and how dedicated their people are, going door to door to talk about what they believe, their people are willing to stop what they are doing no matter where they are to stop and pray, they are always doing service for their religions, and we have a hard time talking to the people we may not see ever again if we don't step up and talk. Beyond this if we are not stepping out and challenging ourselves and be willing, who is? If we are not the ones stepping out in faith, I'm afraid people may miss the chance to encounter God as soon as possible. Live as though today may be your last, or even worse their last day. What if today you passed by your opportunity, and tomorrow you are not guaranteed another shot?
My prayer in all of this is that your heart will break as mine has. For your city, campus or work place. That you cannot step outside without having your heart break, that you will do something to make a difference for someone, a smile, a conversation, a cup of coffee... You can begin to change the world around you and today I challenge you to start. Start going, start doing, start praying if you haven't already, and start praying with more fervency, and passion. Pray for your city like you never have before, and then think that you may be the answer to your own prayer. We may be the answer to prayers of someone else in the hopes of a loved one coming to know Jesus. Be open to Gods leading in your daily life, if you end up being late for class, or work, or for a meeting let me tell you, it will be worth it, if because you listened to Gods tug on your heart and planted a seed in someone’s heart that could lead them to loving Christ, it’s worth it. As believers in Christ that is our ultimate calling is to share Gods love, and be lights unto this darkened land. To go and love people, with open arms and open doors.
Join me in prayer and stepping out to see Christ do more than we could ever imagine.
There is always a great story to tell when someone comes to know the Lord, or a step was taken to reaching the lost, the moments we fail to share the love, the hope and the light of Christ are the moments we tend to wish went differently. But instead of regretting not saying anything let us become a culture of change, dedication and stories of Gods power working through us and through those we encounter each day. It’s time to say no to the devil, say YES to Jesus.
WSU Chi Alpha Intern