By Mark Luker
I was praying and meditating this morning – a time when God usually gives me inspiration for my blog, but his morning, nothing came to me, yet I still wanted to write something. Have you ever been in that situation? Have you ever thought to yourself –
“I just want to write something…?”
After staring at the screen that just sat there staring back at me this morning……I arrived at one thought:
I just want to think about God – it doesn’t matter to me what I write, just so that I am thinking about God!
And that’s when it hit me….
We Christians spend huge amounts of time and energy trying to “save” non-believers….like there is really anything that we can do to save people. There is that whole evangelistic thing that we need to be doing, but I’m not talking about joining a Billy Graham crusade here. The people his ministry has brought to Christ number in the thousands upon thousands. But it seems to me that one person in your life can be just as important.
I have no doubt that God has been using Billy Graham to bring many people to Christ….but does that mean that you need to rent a stadium or auditorium in order to be of use to God?
We can lead people to the well so to speak, but we can not make them drink. So, does that mean we just don’t do anything…..
Which kind of person would you be on a sinking ship: the one who grabs a life jacket and jumps off the ship? Or…..the kind of person who does his or her best to help others find life jackets before jumping ship? I’m not speaking heroes here….I’m just speaking of helping those that you can, the best way that you can. Would it be enough to know that you have your own life jacket on and so in your confidence of already being saved, you go to help others? What if some people don’t know how to put on a life jacket?
How do we help those who don’t know enough to help themselves?
Could just making sure our own life jacket is on correctly so that others could follow our example and be saved be enough in some cases?
When I observe God’s creatures foraging for food in the spring, I notice one common thing with each different creature: the young are doing what their mother is doing in order to find food. Sure, when they are babies, their mother’s can feed them, but when they get a little older, they must eat like their mother’s eat. So, how do you suppose they learn? They seem to learn by watching, by their mother’s example. What do you suppose would happen if their mother’s kept how they find and eat food to themselves like a secret?
So far, the answer that keeps revolving in my head, is that we should just think God – I don’t mean just on Sundays at church either. I mean no matter where we are, no matter what day it is, no matter what we are doing…so that everything we do is a result of that kind of thinking. God has made each and every one of us –whether we believe in him or not. He made us in his image. Therefore, it seems only natural that if we strive to think of him in all we do, say, and how we live…that people around us would be able to see God, right?
How do you feel about God when you see him in others?
I don’t mean that “think positive and everything will be great” kind of thinking that the world thinks is enough to overcome life’s traumas great or small. I mean the kind of thinking that leads us to live lives that reflect the truth that nothing in this world matters except God. That way, when we do try to lead someone to the well and they hesitate in taking a drink of that eternal life-saving water, if they see that every second of our day is filled with thoughts of God, and that he is our center. I’m thinking that seeing our light shine could be just enough to give them that little extra reason to take a drink.
Matthew 5:15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Are you thinking God today?