My daughter is drawn to God, and I have the privilege of watching the pursuit unfold. Some days, I hear it in her questions. The curiosity of her Creator is expressed in simple five-year-old language. Other days, her passion to know God is beautifully contained in a familiar song. I hear her sweet voice singing words beyond her age. She sings the chorus of a love story between God and his people, so plainly, so innocently. Though she has no words to fully describe her innate longing—God knows. Every meaningful desire was placed by him.
“'For in him we live and move and have our being.' . .”
Acts 17:28a, NIV
One day while I was at work, I met a man who was diagnosed with terminal cancer. The doctor gave him between two weeks and six months to live. I felt a sense of urgency to share God with him. I prayed for opportunities to be a beacon of light—for my words to carry more weight than my scheduled responsibilities. Because I know, just like my daughter, this man longs for more out of life. And I'm certain this “more” is not haphazardly wrapped up in earthly pursuits. No, I'm convinced the deep longing all of us have is birthed from God and found only in him.
“He [Jesus] said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.'”
Mark 16:14-20, NIV
We know him, and our joy is immeasurable. And though there are days when we sway towards other things, we always come back to the source of our joy. God.
What if we could wrap this joy up in a package and share it with the world? Then maybe others could know their desire for belonging and purpose is only found in him.
You know what? We can.
And although the package may not be a three dimensional box dressed up with pretty paper and bow, it is tangible. It's the words spoken in boldness and truth. It's the good deeds done to point others to Christ. These are the packages, wrapped up in all the fullness of joy in knowing him.
Will you join me in sharing the gospel with the world? Will you be a beacon of light, pointing others to the Light who pierces the dark?
For the study this week, we will be reading about being salt and light in the world. Please click here to download the reading guide. Let's begin by reading Monday's verse.
“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.” Colossians 4:5, NIV
As you read this verse, consider the following questions:
What might it look like for us to be wise in our interactions with unbelievers?
What opportunities do you have to interact with unbelievers during the week?
Think of one way you will act intentionally today.
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