Pastor Mike's thoughts

Thoughts on today's Christian world and how it fits into secular society.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

How to spread the word.

Have you noticed the lives of the prophets or the apostles -- Jeremiah, Amos, Peter, John? All were ordinary people living lives outside of the box. You're in a position where you feel unimportant, wondering how you can make a difference in a world of billions? Don't despise the day of small things as you are a vital part of God's plan! (Zechariah 4:10)

"His lord said unto him, 'Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.'" Matthew 25:21

You may have heard the story of a heavy bronze bell that had sunk into a river in China. All the enigineers of the area tried to raise it, but they just couldn't get it done. A man coming up to them asking, "If I raise the bell, may I have it for my church?" The reply was "Yes, since we have to leave it, it's yours."

He then had his friends get a huge number of bamboo rods, hollow, light, and practically unsinkable. Taken down by divers, they were fastened, one by one, to the bell. After many had been fastened, the bell began to move, and when the last one had been added, the buoyancy of the rods was so great, the gigantic bronze bell was brought to the surface.

Some thought bamboo rods were too small and insignificant to move a huge bell, but enough of them working together made a difference. You may think you are irrelevant in the big scheme of things, but God wants you to share the gifts He's given you. If we don't use our unique gifts, we not only fail God, but we fail the body. When joined together with other believers in Him we will make a difference!

"And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary." 1 Corinthians 12:21-22

Our lives can make a difference! The fact is that God can do a lot with a little. God is looking for that one who can make his or her mark. Will you be that one person?

When God chooses to do His work, He doesn't just pick members from society's elite. He can use the nobility of the royal or the wisdom of the scholars, but they are in the minority. So who are the majority that God uses? Every day people like me and you. The ones that think they are not worthy.

Have you ever tried to drink water from a fire hydrant? Ever thought of dishing up a whale for dinner? I know what you're thinking: "Too much." That's often what comes to mind when we think of Jesus' words: "Make disciples of all the nations" (Matthew 28:19). At last count, the world population had topped six billion. It makes you wonder how you could ever do enough to spread the gospel. The simple fact of the matter is that if we all did a little something to spread the word, collectively we could bring the entire planet to Jesus. If we each thought of ourselves as the bamboo rod that lifted the bell, we could lift the name of Jesus. But it takes all of us to do it. We're only as strong as the weakest link.

Get out there in the world today and start talking about Jesus. The Muslims are the fastest growing faith in the world because they consider it a sin to NOT talk about their faith. We as Christians used to be like that, but no we think of it as someone elses job. It's not. It's the job of everybody who knows the name of Jesus to evangelize. If you truly love Jesus, then it will be the biggest point of your daily existance. If we all lifted our voices, we'd be heard.

Growing together
Pastor Mike


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