Devotional April 14, 2017 - Everyone's Gospel
Joshua 17 | Joshua 18 | Acts 4:32-37 | Acts 5:1-16 | Psalms 44
Happy Friday everyone! I hope you have a good week. Everything has been good on my end. I am currently at the airport waiting for my flight to St. Louis. I will be there Friday, Saturday and flying back home Sunday morning.
There something about flying that opens my creative mind. I don’t know if it is the diverse group of people that surround me, or the thought about going to a different state with a different culture, but whatever it is I tend to enjoy it most of the time. Some of my best writing comes on a plane or at the airport.
I hope this is not leading you on for today’s writing.
As I continued with my daily reading, I have been really enjoying the book of Acts. It is incredible to see how the disciples boldly spread the message of Christ. They were literally men on a mission. A mission to save every life with the gospel of Jesus, but not only that, but to surround there each life with the support and love of Christ.
It is one thing to speak to someone and even bring them to the Lord, but it is another thing to do that and become involved in the person’s life.
Have you ever thought to yourself that God might be wanting you to make long term investments into peoples lives, rather than just a conversation?
I get that not everyone that we encounter will be there for the long haul. Each person that comes into our life will either be there for a moment, a day, a week, a month, or even years, but however long it may be, we must be willing to make the investment.
As I read Acts 4:32-36 it says this,
All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had. 33The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all. 34There were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them 35and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need.
They not only won people for Christ, they won people into their lives.
You see the gospel is not for us to retain and keep, but the gospel is for us to share.
I will be very transparent with you guys, but two days ago as I went on my lunch time run, I saw a gentleman walking along the same path that I run. I immediately felt the tug of the spirit to speak to him. I began fighting it and making excuses. I hate that I do that. I hate that this typically becomes my natural response and because I allowed it to dominate my mind, I ended up not speaking to the gentleman. I felt bad. I immediately began to question my love for Christ, but as I continued reading the book of Acts it brought encouragement and seeing how bold the disciples were in preaching the Gospel it motivated me.
Will I still hesitate? Probably, but I pray that God continues to fill me with the same boldness that the disciples had. I pray the same thing for you.
The Gospel is not fast food service, it is a dining experience. It a relational encounter. Whether you encounter someone for five minutes, five years or five decades the responsibility falls in our hands to speak the Gospel and live it out with others.
Will the next person you speak to about Christ be a part of your life for a short run or for the long haul?
Whatever it may be, be bold and be a servant of Chris.
John 13:34So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other