14 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? — Romans 10:14 NLT
When we accepted Jesus as our Savior, we became a part of a family and took on the family name, Christian. One of the biggest responsibilities that comes with the family name is telling others about our new family and inviting them to become a part of that family. “Go and make disciples” isn’t a suggestion, it is a command. That doesn’t mean that we all have to lay down what we are doing and go to foreign countries but it does mean that wherever you are is your mission field. “Go” to your family, your neighbor, your business associate, your friends and your enemies. Telling others about Jesus should be considered a privilege and it should be a joy for us to do it. When God called us to be His child, He had a plan and a purpose for us. He has a part for each of us to play in building His Kingdom here on earth and in heaven. Can we be Christians without “going and telling”? Each of us should ask God that question and seek His answer diligently. Can we be happy, joyful Christians without “going and telling”? Since not telling is being disobedient, I seriously doubt it. If you have never experienced the joy of leading someone to Christ, ask God to give you that opportunity today.
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” – Anonymous
13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. — Hebrews 11:13-16 NIV
We, like the prophets and leaders of the past, should consider ourselves foreigners and aliens here on earth. We need to hold onto the things of earth very lightly and be ready to let them go at the slightest urge of the Holy Spirit. God puts people in our path and gives us resources for a reason and a season. The why, what, when and where are His prerogative. Our love for Him requires us to allow Him to use us for whatever purpose and plan He has for us. It is our “reasonable sacrifice” to mortify our flesh and focus on Jesus. We walk in faith and live in the hope that we are headed for a country and a city not made with human hands. We have confidence in our hope because it is based on the same faith that Jesus had that He would be resurrected. Because of His resurrection and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we are assured that our hope is not just wishful thinking but a fact guaranteed by our Lord and Savior.
13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory. —Ephesians 1;13-14 NIV
When soldiers are fighting a battle in a foreign land, the hope that keeps them going is the thoughts of returning home. They talk often of the day they will be leaving their post and you can believe there are smiles on their faces during those conversations. We should live our lives with that same anticipation of the fulfillment of every promise of God realizing that the joy we have when we receive earthly blessings are only small samples of the joy we will have when we get home.
15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. 16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. Colossians 3: 15-17 (NLT)
We are ambassadors for Christ everywhere we go and whatever we do. Ambassadors are official representatives sent by a country to a foreign country for diplomatic relations. We are aliens and foreigners here on earth representing God and heaven. Our purpose is to inform others about our heavenly home. We can do that with an attitude of gratitude and a happy face. Nothing attracts attention like music that soothes the soul. So, today, smile, sing, and win others to Christ.
Paul tells us in Romans that we should live peaceably with others as much as it is possible. We can only do this when we have the peace of God abiding in us. His love abides in us in all its richness, so show that love to others by sharing the message of Christ Jesus. This may be uncomfortable at first, but it isn’t nearly as uncomfortable as hanging on a cross until death. With practice, it will become a natural outpouring of the love of God that abides in us.