Wednesday, August 17, 2011
~ "Setting sail..."
But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus. (Acts 18:21)
Every step, every event, all are in God's hands. Nothing happens that He does not "will". We are born and we die at His appointed time. Not a moment sooner or a moment later. Each minute, each second of every day of our lives is orchestrated by Him. Each sunrise and sunset, every drop of rain - at His command.
The mistakes we make (or "wrong choices") are also seen by Him and understood. He gives us the opportunity to right our wrongs, mend our ways and strengthen our faith. We have an allotted time here on earth do accomplish all the things we are supposed to accomplish. We do not leave this world only to have an "encor". Once we go, that's it - there is no second chance to right a wrong, to mend a fence or to offer one last bit of advice or wisdom.
Paul spent the final years of his life spreading the good news of Jesus Christ. He spent many of those years in prison. He spent all of those years in service to God. He looked for opportunities to serve, to plant seeds, to see the conversion of many. How many of us can say that we look for places to serve, that we reach out to share the Gospel with everyone we come in contact with?
Take your cue from Paul. You don't need to be constantly traveling from place to place, but you can spread the love of Jesus to someone new every day. When you finish your transaction at the grocery story, tell the clerk to "have a blessed day". When someone holds a door for you, tell them "God bless you". His blessings are not reserved only for sneezing. Be willing to share His love with others by your words. Don't be afraid to let people see that you love God...share that love openly with others. Don't be embarrassed - Jesus was not embarrassed to die on that cross for you, so don't hold back or hesistate to share it. Before your ship sails, remember to impart God's love with one more person...