We tend to view Christianity as relative to our environment. In this Western culture, we can worship in comfort and live a relatively problem free life. By this view, being a follower of Christ seems pretty easy, right? Then, we hear about other parts of the world through the news where Christians are being persecuted for their faith, even to the point of death. We often dismiss this news because it is something we don’t, or haven’t, experienced.
If we, as followers of Christ, take our instructions from the Lord Jesus seriously, then there should be nothing easy about being a follower. Yes, if we have made a decision to accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, then we secure our eternal position. But, once we do that, we have work to do.
Meeting each other on a Sunday morning (or whatever other day you meet corporately to worship and fellowship) is great. In fact, I’d say fellowship is part of the equation to living a life for Christ. But, how do we reach those that need our help? More importantly, how do we seek those to offer Christ’s love and hope?
These lost individuals aren’t always visible on the horizontal plain, their in the trenches! The trenches of sin and life. They are ensnared in our enemy’s tactics, temptations, and mischievous schemes. But, they don’t always realize they are there. They need a helping hand to reach down and grab ahold of them. They need to see hope, love, and genuineness. Their surroundings look normal to them. All they can see are others trapped in the same trenches and living in the same conditions.
As followers of Christ, it is our duty to find these trenches and reach out to those living there! We are to extend love, care, concern, encouragement, a listening ear, and a sympathetic ear. We are to offer hope, prayer, Christ’s love, share His teachings, and walk alongside them not matter the situation. Life isn’t about us or how uncomfortable they, or their situation, make us feel. Our strength is in Christ. Their strength and hope are in Christ. Jesus conquered sin on the cross! Jesus is what we offer others, and everything He represents! Find those trenches and start offering hope. Others need Jesus and are depending on us. We are to find them! This is our task.
I challenge you to find those trenches. Offer hope through Christ. Don’t let comfort dictate your efforts or journey. God can do great things through those who are obedient to Him!
From time to time, Rev D posts random thoughts about life as a Pastor and Servant of Christ. He has a unique perspective. Blog entries are posted randomly.