The World Around Us
At first glance, the idea that we're supposed to "preach the Gospel to EVERY creature around the world" can appear to be an unrealistic command. But if we consider that there is a "world around us", that monumental task suddenly becomes more attainable.
Everyday, we likely have an impact on someone: in the home, on our drive, in the workplace, customers we talk to, friends we socialize with, strangers at the grocery store. We leave a trail of deposits with potential to have positive, neutral or negative affects.
Even in brief interactions, the way we respond-especially in stressful situations-can be the key that opens the door to speak about the freedom and peace that comes from relationship with Christ.
“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another”
(John 13:35, NIV)
The world is looking for purpose, significance and authenticity. In its desperation, it searches within itself but finds emptiness where it expects abundance. The only true source of peace, joy and life is JESUS.
Our job, as Christians, is to demonstrate that truth to those around us. Although we are far from perfect, the consistency of our faith, application of the Word and conduct of love shine brightly to those who have yet to meet Jesus.
“Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.
Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and
glorify your Father in heaven”
(Matthew 5:15–16, NIV)
“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples”
(John 15:8, NIV)
“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race
and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of
testifying to the good news of God’s grace”
(Acts 20:24, NIV)