Am I using excuses to avoid sharing my faith in awkward situations? Do I put the work of witnessing on others? Why do we sometimes pass off the responsibility of telling people about Jesus?
“And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!””
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So often we let others handle the jobs we are able but unwilling to do do ourselves. Have you ever caught yourself saying, “that’s not my job” when it comes to doing the work of God? Think for a momebt. Do I leave it to my pastor to teach others about His #mercy and #grace? Do I expect the Sunday school teacher to explain all the bible stories to my children while I focus on reading, writing, and arithmetic? Do I allow the greeter at the sanctuary door to say good morning to all your fellow church goers while I rush past in search of an open pew? It may be hard to swallow that cup of vinegar when we realize we've been letting someone else do a job and insisting it isn’t our responsibility, or perhaps try to convince ourselves that they could simply do it better.
“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”
This past Mother’s Day, our kitchen sink suddenly stopped draining. Cooking and cleaning came to a complete halt and with five people in a house hold, there’s no simple fix for no kitchen sink. So, of course, like any red blooded American family would do, we called a plumber. Sunday and Monday we survived with no sink. Tuesday morning the plumber came, unfortunately he announced he could not fix it then and there, but would have to return another day with parts.
Wednesday went by slowly and Thursday he came back. Finally we would get to use the sink again. After an unexpected mess that pooped out of the pipes and all over my basement music room, we were excited to get back to normal. No such luck. The sink backed up again and the next day the plumber was back. Still no success. While waiting out the weekend for another plumber to come save us from our waterless misery, we all tired of the new inconveniences. The scrubbing dishes in a bucket, using paper and plastic everything, and conserving pots and pans as much as possible was getting old. So, what did we do? We went to Lowe’s. *enter my cheeky grin*
All in all, eight days, one huge smelly mess, two exhausted adults and bit less money later, the problem was fixed. So, why didn’t we just do it ourselves to begin with? We could have done it at any time but we chose to call someone else first and let them handle the messy work, not seeing that we were able to take care of the situation faster and more efficiently ourselves.
Well sometimes life is messy and sometimes ministry isn’t fun, but we are called to spread the gospel to all the world, even the people next-door. So, messy or not. Easy or not. God has equipped us with the ability to share His love and the message of His salvation with others. So, I encourage you to prepare those beautiful feet and set out to start sharing Jesus today.