There’s something deep inside all of us longing to escape. It’s nestled next to our longing for Jesus. Right beside the fruits of the spirit. The gift (or gifts) God has given us to change the world.
You may think you’re worthless or that you have nothing to offer, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Not only did God sacrifice Himself for us on the cross, He loves us more than we can imagine and wants us to spread his love to others. That’s the gift we have been given.
Now, you’re probably thinking, “Great, an evangelization post”. Not true. Well, partly. I’m not going to call you out for sitting at home staring at your computer screen all day…after all, that’s what I do. However, evangelizing isn’t limited to those who go out on mission trips or stand on street corners.
We are called to be disciples, students, of Jesus and learn from Him to better ourselves (John 13:15). But we are also called to be in the world and share God’s love with the world (Ephesians 5:1). The world isn’t some lost thing that we are to abandon. We are to give it hope and light and life.
There are countless ways we can do this. Almost all of them involve giving up our time to spend with others, whether family, friends, or strangers. Some involve discussion about Jesus and His saving grace, some involve lending a shoulder and an ear, some involve just sitting, some involve teaching, healing, and laughing. All require us to show up.
When we are there for others, whether duty and obligation brought us there or just a deep desire felt within our innermost being, God will use that, if we allow Him. If we restrain our stubbornness and allow God to speak through us. Subtle actions like opening your home for a party, welcoming the new employee at work, or smiling to someone who looks frazzled, all can be used for good.
We should live each day mindful of the grace God has given us and show that grace to others.