On the way to Sunday … sharing

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We are called to be salt and light in this world, but we struggle with the idea of sharing our faith with others.  And yet, if we truly love the church … if we truly love our Lord … wouldn’t it be natural for us to share it with others?

I’d like to share a portion of an e-mail received by a pastor:

About a week ago, one of them, I could tell something was on her mind. In the midst of having a slow night, I asked her how her family was doing. She started to share her troubles about her daughter leaving and that she was afraid. I shared my testimony about how my mom and I didn’t speak for two years, and how, throughout the past years, I found God and our relationship started to grow. She mentioned she wanted to go to church but hasn’t gone yet. I encouraged her and said that God changed me and cares about our relationships. She got my number and we talk more at work and I am leaving the door open to share more.

Also, that night, I was helping out in the kitchen, putting away dishes even though I didn’t have to. One of the dishwashers said: “You are a good worker, Misha. I always see you helping out people and you don’t have to.” I said to him: “I am working for the Lord.” He smiled and said, “All the other servers come back here and complain, but I can tell you are believing that and acting on that.” I said, “Have you ever heard this saying: ‘The joy of the Lord is my strength’?” He said, “No, where is that?” I told him it was in the Bible and that is why I am different and I did not used to be this way, sharing a little bit of my testimony.  He was excited and said, “I am looking forward to talking more about the faith with you.” That is how my night ended.

It’s difficult to be Jesus in the ordinary and in the mundane. But it’s in the trivial day-to-day stuff, at the office, at school, at the gym, on the job that people need to experience Jesus when they experience us. It’s in the trivial day-to-day stuff that we need to be salt and light.

Think about your daily routine.

Think about your coworkers. Your classmates.

Your neighbor. The person you carpool with.

The people you run into while you go about your day.

Know this—people will experience the kingdom from you in the normal, and in those moments the normal becomes extraordinary as people taste and see … from you … that the Lord is good.

What part of your life of faith are you sharing with others?

 

Author:

I am a United Methodist Pastor and have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor for the church of my childhood. I preach in a place I once was an acolyte. I love to preach, but more importantly I love to teach. I firmly believe that Faith Matters and should affect how we live. This blog is a place where I come to share the randomness that is life and faith ... and the intersection of the two.

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