Thursday, October 2, 2008

Investing

With all the financial uncertainty going on right now it can be difficult not to get wrapped up in the "panic" and "hysteria". It's easy to begin to worry about our future and what will happen. The good news is, as Christians, we already know what's going to happen. We know how the "story" ends. We don't have to be afraid.

We have confidence in God, knowing that whatever happens here on earth is just temporary. Our focus should be on serving Him in all that we do. That also means with our finances.

As I was thinking about the current state of our nation I just happened to open up a devotional email. I know I've said this a million times, but you're going to hear me say it a million more times...God is so faithful and His proves that every day in unique ways!

So, here is what I read this morning....

Investing in Eternity
Matthew 28:18-20

The Christian life is an active life--one dedicated to working, serving, sharing, and helping. Too often, we think that being a Christian simply means showing up for church each Sunday morning and dropping something into the offering plate. That's a good habit, but if this is the sum total of your Christian life, you've missed the mark.

There is a call that Jesus Christ put on all those who would follow Him. That is, He has called us go into the world and make disciples through baptism and teaching. You may say, "Well, that applies just to ministers and missionaries, right?" No. It's is the responsibility of everyone who claims the name of Jesus.

Just look at first word of Matthew 28:19. What does Jesus say? He says, "Go!" In today's terms, He's saying, "Get off the couch! Turn off the TV! Close the computer! Get up, look at the world around you, and tell someone about Me!"

This is not a suggestion. Nor is it a word to only a handful of believers. If you have been saved by the blood of Christ, then Jesus is talking to you!

Making disciples doesn't mean you have to quit your job and become a full-time missionary to a remote part of the globe. But you could walk outside, knock on a neighbor's door, and demonstrate Christ to him. You don't need a show-stopping sermon to minister to others; you need simply a willing and open heart.

What can you do right now to "go . . . and make disciples"? Think about things you can do today to respond to God's call on your life.



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