December 23, 2013 - Radical Hope

This week as we approach Christmas Day, I am reminded of the importance of what it represents. As we go about our week with the busyness, hustle and bustle and chaos, we need to remember that without Christ there is nothing to celebrate. We know that, but it can still be camouflaged by, you know . . . stuff.

Orphan Boy in poverty

As Christians living in a free nation with more wealth than the rest of the world, we have a responsibility to carry the Gospel of Christ to those who have never heard of him.

I didn’t say that we as a nation have that responsibility. As a nation, much responsibility falls on our government, but not this one.

In Matthew 28: 18-20, Christ is quoted:

 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

The responsibility by God’s design falls on every individual Christian. It’s personal—it’s clear—it’s a command.

The question is what will you do with that this year? Will you take the Gospel to your friends, neighbors, and loved ones who don’t know Christ? Then will you consider going to a region of the world that doesn’t know God? Will you give your time, your money, your talents to serve Him?

This is between you and God—I get that. Just make sure you do your part and make time for Him to speak to you, and make time to go.

If this draws you out of your comfort zone, you’re going in the right direction. God does not design us to thrive in our comfort zones. We made that term—not Him. If you’re in a comfort zone right now, chances are you’re not where God wants you to be.