The year is almost over. In a short while we will celebrate God's blessings and accomplishments of 2009, and welcome 2010 with an expectation of great things because of God and His goodness. There will be a time of celebration and remembrances.
For some 2009 has been a very difficult year. Many have lost loved ones, financial woes are pervasive and issues pop up which cause all of us, including Christians, to find ourselves involved in some form of conflict. This year has been a struggle not only for individuals and families, but also for churches. Many people are struggling to provide the necessities, while churches are struggling with staffing/benefits, mission support, and in some cases, paying the mortgage and utility bills.
Evaluating the successes of 2009, I believe my greatest joy is hearing about men and women, boys and girls who become followers of Christ either through the ministry of a local church, a block party, Vacation Bible School, etc. The flipside: many of our brothers and sisters have not led a single person to Christ.
The Bible is my guide and instruction manual. I find myself returning to familiar verses for inspiration. Paul's words and passion always fill my heart. You can hear and feel the zeal of his prayer for Israel: "Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved" (Romans 10:1). Every believer needs to have a passion to share the gospel - and see the results.
All around us are people in need of our Savior. My goal is to share the message with as many as I can, and see how the Father touches their hearts. Let me encourage you to be one of those Paul wrote about in Romans 10:15 when he said, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"
The world, in the midst of despair, needs to hear about the hope only Jesus Christ provides. Let us open our hearts to the power of the Holy Spirit that we might boldly proclaim and share the greatest message of hope to a world that does not recognize Him.
Won't you share Christ with someone today? The experience is not only life-changing for the recipient, but for the Christian who shares.