My favorite church service is the Sunday evening meeting. On Sunday mornings, my family is busy with various ministries; but on Sunday evenings, we enjoy sitting together and listening to our pastor. It’s a rare opportunity for us to be together and focused on the Lord all at the same time.
This Sunday night, a central thought to the sermon was that we as Christians should be interruptable.
People and their needs should always come before our own agendas and schedules, lest we miss an opportunity to speak to them or help them in some way. That action in turn might open a door for us to tell them of Christ’s love. Christ so often followed this course of action himself, as with endless compassion he healed the bodies of people in conjunction with healing their hearts and souls.
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. – John 13:35-36
We can talk (or blog) all we want about the love of God, but we must support our words with actions. Our positive testimonies can draw others to the light of the gospel.
I will shew thee my faith by my works. – James 2:18b
Interruptable we must be; and yet, we must also on occasion be interrupters.
When Christ gave his followers the great commission, he didn’t mention any extenuating circumstances that would allow them to back out. And they could have had a lot of understandable excuses—the very valid fear of martyrdom, for one. Those of us in the modern free world need not worry about that, thank God, but we do put forth some rather flimsy excuses about why we don’t share the gospel: I’m shy; I’m afraid I’ll be laughed at or criticized; I don’t know how; I don’t want to interrupt someone’s busy day. I’ve used all of those excuses myself at one time or another.
And yet, we must set aside those excuses. If we are to care for the lost the way Christ did, we may have to gently and kindly interrupt a person’s day. It just takes a moment to hand someone a gospel tract or a New Testament, or to tell a server or cashier how much you appreciate their friendly service and tell them that God loves them.
How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? – Romans 10:14
Do you have any special means of witnessing to others? When was the last time you experienced the joy of watching someone come to understand Christ’s love? As always, I’d love to hear from you.