Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Message of Christ is Urgent

I have teamed up with Daughter of Delight to write a devotional once each week. It will appear first on Daughter of Delight and Instagram, but I will also post them here. 

This post also appears on With Focused Eyes, a down to earth, Christ focused blog you should check out.

I think I’m the only one who listens to the flight attendant's safety demonstration on airplanes. They are standing there, giving passengers information that could save their lives. But when you look around, others are texting, already asleep, or reading.

But not me. I don't care how many times I've seen the safety demonstration. I will definitely know what to do if the plane goes down. Most of the time I want to get everyone's attention. I want to wake them up, snatch their phones, and slam their books shut. I want to say, "Don't you see? The attendant is trying to save your life!" But, I don't. I listen, take mental notes, and prepare to be the only passenger that makes it out alive. But I don't say anything. If I did, I'd look crazy. I'd appear to be overreacting. No one would understand my urgency.

Doesn’t this sound like our evangelical lives? There are people standing up and teaching others how to be saved, but the world pays no attention. They’ve heard this message a hundred times and have grown numb to the instruction. Then there are those that are paying attention. We are sitting quietly, taking notes, and making sure we’re saved. 

But God calls us to get people's attention and to bring urgency to the message of Christ. How often do we hold back, afraid of what others will think? I'm guilty of it for sure. So, today, with courage through Christ, I will "go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit" (Matthew 28:19). 

Will you join me?