A few years ago, during a worship service, I had a special guest speaker, Mr. Eric Lamoray, from Island Mission Support ministry. He and his wife Mary, are missionaries who have spent many years of their life in areas of the Pacific Islands. Eric shared how Bibles printed in the language of other cultures have changed thousands of people. The love of God, the truth of Jesus, coming alive for so many from the simple pages of a book that we all usually take for granted. Many of the individuals that Eric and Mary have witnessed to have been elderly people who never had their own Bible until they received one from Eric and Mary.
The stories that Eric shared were amazing and reminded us that we all need to be in the business of Disciple Making. We often forget that we are all Called to spread the Good News and witness to the world. God has place each of us in the right place at the right time. It’s up to us to do our part.
Leroy Eims, author of the book, The Lost Art of Disciple Making, shares this story. One spring our family was driving from Fort Lauderdale to Tampa, Florida. As far as the eye could see, orange trees were loaded with fruit. When we stopped for breakfast, I ordered orange juice with my eggs. “I’m sorry,” the waitress said. “I can’t bring you orange juice. Our machine is broken.” At first I was dumbfounded. We were surrounded by millions of oranges, and I knew they had oranges in the kitchen--orange slices garnished our plates. What was the problem? No juice? Hardly. We were surrounded by thousands of gallons of juice. The problem was they had become dependent on a machine to get it.
Christians are sometimes like that. They may be surrounded by Bibles in their homes, but if something should happen to the Sunday morning preaching service, they would have no nourishment for their souls. The problem is not a lack of spiritual food--but that many Christians haven’t grown enough to know how to get it for themselves.
As I say at the beginning of each worship that I lead, it is truly my belief that God has a reason and a purpose for each of us, and none of us are here by accident. May you feel the grace, love, courage, and strength of God surround you as you boldly share the Good News of Jesus to everyone you meet.
Whether you are at the grocery story, school, office, gasoline station, or just taking a walk in your neighborhood, God places people around you all the time where you have the change to be the example of Christ in all of your actions. Let’s do all we can to “be the church” and help to make this a Christ-Like world!
Blessings! -Pastor Kevin