A few weeks ago I felt God impress these words deep into my heart, “I am not going to California to have the time of my life, but to bring others into new life in Christ.”
Don’t get me wrong, will I have the time of my life? Most likely! And so far has been pretty amazing. And I am so excited for what lies ahead. However, that is not the main goal. I pray that the main goal of my life will always remain to know Jesus and to make Him known. Why would that be the banner I carry? Why would I choose the glory of God over all the glories of this world? If this world was the “end-all be all” then yes, I would live without regard to righteousness because there would be nothing to truly live for. But this world is not the end, as Christians we are looking towards a coming kingdom.
Matthew 6:31-33 says, “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Christ has brought me so much hope and so much joy, and it would be robbery not to share the one who saved my soul to a world who is so obviously thirsty for more than this world has to offer. The following is a quote from atheist Penn Jillette, of the famous magician duo, Penn & Teller,
“I’ve always said that I don’t respect people who don’t proselytize. I don’t respect that at all. If you believe that there’s a heaven and a hell, and people could be going to hell or not getting eternal life, and you think that it’s not really worth telling them this because it would make it socially awkward—and atheists who think people shouldn’t proselytize and who say just leave me along and keep your religion to yourself—how much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize? How much do you have to hate somebody to believe everlasting life is possible and not tell them that? I mean, if I believed, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that a truck was coming at you, and you didn’t believe that truck was bearing down on you, there is a certain point where I tackle you. And this is more important than that.”
Even an atheist can see the importance of sharing new life in Christ, even if his heart is unable to believe. Evangelism, aka proselytizing, is known as sharing the gospel or proclaiming your faith to another person in one way or another. I attended Vineyard church in Red Bluff, CA today. Apart from meeting some amazing new people, the pastor said something I found to be very thought provoking, “We live in a kingdom that is here, and yet, not yet. It is very difficult to live in this tension.” His Kingdom is coming, and is coming soon.
Check out The Gospel to learn more about what it means to place your faith in Christ. Already know Christ? Feel free to print out the page, it is a simple way to share your faith if you know someone who is wanting to know more. Or even easier, simply share the link in a Facebook message or email–then later this week ask about their thoughts.
Let’s get the word out,
P.s. Could I ask you for some prayer? As I am new to the LA area I am praying how I can make an impact where I am. Maybe that’s my ministry with The Joyful Nurse, maybe it’s with the homeless, maybe it’s with a church ministry, maybe it’s fully in the hospital, or maybe it’s something completely different. In all honesty, I’m in the dark and would love some prayer for where God wants to use me!
P.s.s. Here are some pictures from this week of vacation in Northern California