You Are Called
Matthew 28:6 “He is not here; He has risen, just as He said.”
What would I do if someone I knew died and came back to life? Especially if before he passed he had said he would. Sure, when they initially told me I would doubt them and question their sanity. But what would I do when after a couple of nights in the grave they came back like they said? Seriously, what would I do? What would you do? Wouldn’t we tell everyone? That’s exactly what the original disciples did. Why else are we here? To make another buck, buy a bigger home, pay bills, you name it, aren’t all these temporary reasons for existence? The Apostle Paul reminds us, “I press on toward the prize of the HIGH CALLING” (Philippians 3:14). Aren’t we all here for a bigger and grander purpose than ourselves? If the world didn’t need us to proclaim Christ, then God would have taken us home at the time of our conversion. But He left us here because He CALLED US to this purpose, to shout the truth of the miracle of our Lord’s resurrection, as if we just experienced it and saw it with our own eyes. Jesus told Thomas after His resurrection, “BLESSED are those who haven’t seen and yet believe”(John 20:29).
I can tell you from experience that the greatest JOY and BLESSING on earth is not in getting that new job or pay raise or new car. Those are good and a testimony unto the Lord, but the greatest BLESSING is in leading someone from the deception of darkness to salvation in Christ.
One of the biggest problems I have observed in the church is the belief that the proclamation of the gospel is only assigned to the professional – Pastor/Evangelist. And if you’re like most, you picture a preacher standing behind a pulpit in a church. Or maybe some young zealots going door to door with gospel tracks and a Bible in hand. But why do we not consider ourselves as evangelist? Consider the wisdom of Solomon in Proverbs 24:11 “Rescue those being led away to death; save those staggering toward slaughter.” The privilege of evangelism is entrusted to every one of us. You included! The Apostle Paul tells us that “Christ called us ALL to the ministry of RECONCILIATION”(2 Corinthians 5:18).
There is an urgency attached to the gospel. But when we stay quiet, we are the ones not holding back those staggering to the slaughter. Our silence is one of the greatest crimes we could ever commit. There are unbelievers, even in America who have never heard THE TRUTH of the love of Christ. When we share the love of Jesus, when we invite someone to church, or share our story, we’re planting seeds in a moment that cannot be taken back or relived. God is faithful to open opportunities for those who are looking. Because He says in 2 Peter 3:9 “That He is not wanting any to perish.” He has entrusted us with His hope, His Word, and His love to give to others. You never know what lies on the other side of your faith and obedience. Where would you be today if someone had not shared their story with you? If we say we “follow” Jesus but don’t feel compelled to share His love – it is time to re-evaluate who we’re really living for and what we really believe.
After Jesus’ resurrection He instructed His followers (which includes you and me) of OUR CALLING – Mark 16:15 “Go into all the world and share the gospel with EVERYONE!” So, when was the last time you shared the good news of Christ with someone? Remember It is not our job to save anyone. Our only responsibility is to plant seeds. Obedience to share the love of Christ is all God requires of us. It may feel a bit out of your comfort zone, but remember, only those who take risk receive reward. During this Easter week, the week that we celebrate our Lord’s resurrection, ask the Lord to reveal to you someone who needs to encounter His love. Keep your eyes and ears open to His prompting.
My prayer for you today is that the love of Christ will compel you to share His love with someone this week and every week.