I needed one thing. But somehow when I came home from the store and unpacked multiple bags of unplanned purchases, I realized I’d forgotten to grab the one thing that was the reason I went there in the first place.
This week’s sermon by guest pastor Bob Russell was centered around being contagious ambassadors for Christ. Sometimes I think we tend to be proverbial aisle-wandering Christians. We spend our sweat equity and time on good things, but we forget the main thing. Jesus’s final cry to his followers in Matthew 28:19 was to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
Russell’s message called us back to this fundamental charge of the Christian life – to be ambassadors for Christ. How do we most effectively do this? Transparency, intensity, perceptivity and ministry. We are to be clear, upfront and purposeful in spreading the Gospel. It is our desire and life’s mission to share this Good News with others. And while we’re clear in our mission, we don’t steam-roll others with our message. We win them over through our ministry. We are servant hearts who extend love as an extension of His love. In all the aisle-wandering goodness of Bible studies, Church functions and good deeds, let’s not forget the foundational reason for our work – to show and bring the love of Jesus into the lives of others.
How can I be more intentional in looking for opportunities today to spread the Gospel message?