An Open Door in Perilous Times
“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” (Romans 10:14 NIV)
We are living in perilous times. All around us, people’s hearts are melting with fear as they realize that unseen enemies could attack anytime and anywhere—in a restaurant, in an airport, in the workplace or a place of recreation. Folks are wondering how long they’ll live and what kind of world they are leaving behind for their children and their children’s children after them. As Christians, however, we have our hope in the Lord. God is still on his throne, and our lives are in his hands. Besides, what is happening around us is not catching us by surprise. We are told in Scripture that when we see all of these things happening, we should lift up our heads, for our redemption is drawing near. Not everyone has that hope, however, and it is our privilege and charge from the Lord to share this hope with them. It is the main reason we’re alive, for after we come to know Christ, he could just take us home to be with him at that very moment. After all, our reward is not here on earth. But no, before he left this earth, the Lord gave us a commission: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15).
Part of the work we do for the Lord is to pray for souls. Then we have to share the gospel, help people, invite them to church, sit next to them in a service, and, if possible, to usher them into the kingdom.
Today, let’s pray for an opportunity to plant a seed, to talk to someone, to pray for someone. Someone else can water the seed and God will give the increase. How, when, and where that will happen for each of us, I don’t know; but as we move about in our respective spheres of influence, God can give us an open door to share the hope that we have in Christ. Then we’re going to need boldness to say, “I want to talk to you about Jesus,” because in the day and age in which we live, as in times past, people desperately need the Lord.