Challenge Accepted…

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Photo Feb 19, 11 45 47 AMHave you ever walked down one of the frozen food isles at Publix… one that no one has been down in a while?  The food cases light up as you walk the aisle.  It’s one of the small things in life that I get a kick out of.  In my head, I think I’m important.  In my head, it’s like God smiling at me for a moment… saying “hey, I see you!”

I mean, let’s face it, the grocery store isn’t very glamorous.  Especially, if you are walking the isles with a screaming toddler or fighting siblings.  So, I take every opportunity I can get to realize that God is smiling down on me.  To Him, I am important!

Our Pastor gave us a challenge at the beginning of the year.  The challenge may seem easy… we are to lead one person to Christ during this year.  One person… just one.  While that number seems minute, to me it is huge.

For those that don’t know me, I’m pretty competitive.  I want to win. If you give me a challenge, I want to complete it and have been the best (or near best) at it.  This challenge, well, I suck at it.  This challenge is the most important one that has ever been laid before me.  Someone’s eternity may depend on me.  That is incomprehensible.  If I fail… the consequences are unbearable… literally.

So, I’m trying to change the way that I perceive this challenge.  There is more than one way to share the Gospel and assuming I am sharing God’s word, there is no wrong way.  To go a little further, I am not required to make them accept Jesus as their Savior, I am just required to share.  So, failure is not a matter of them not accepting Christ, failure is a matter of not sharing that Christ died for our sins and by accepting that truth gaining eternal life in Heaven.

Sharing doesn’t seem so hard… but it is.  I don’t know about you, but Satan gets in my head.  He says that these people will think I’m crazy… a Jesus freak… will avoid me… will not be my friend anymore.  You know what?!  So what!  SO WHAT!  People can think I’m crazy… and for the most part be correct.  That also goes for the Jesus freak part, too!  Maybe they will avoid me, but at least I have fulfilled my task on Earth… at least I have done what Jesus called us to do.  And, if they decide not to be my friend anymore, their loss.

So, while I may not just go open the Bible and start shouting “Jesus Saves” at the corner (which doesn’t work anyway), I will share my way.  I will use the gifts that God gave specifically to me to use for His glory.  I’m not sure if I will ever see the fruit, but at least I’m going to plant the seeds.

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

and, in case you didn’t know…

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16