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Perspective - March 2006

A popular television commercial advertising office products for a national office supply chain features an "easy button" that is supposed to make life in the workplace easy. In the commercial, with a push of the "easy button" the office is transformed from one of complete disarray to one of order.

Slogan for the "easy button" campaign is "work made easy." That is what we all want. Work (ministry) that is easy.  However, it rarely is. Evangelism and ministry can be difficult. We must learn to rely on the Lord and be in His will to be effective.

Also popular today are "hot buttons." I've been thinking about "hot buttons" that I define as issues that drive us to action. There are many in our society.  A few that top the list are politics, social issues and religion. Much of the time "hot buttons" distract us from our purpose of fulfilling the Great Commission and the Great Commandment.

As a Christian, my "hot button" is evangelism. My life's passion is to see individuals come to know Jesus as Savior. I have been extremely intentional and focused about my zeal to help as many people as I can have a life of purpose with God.

Wouldn't it be great if every church member had a ministry "hot button"? California Southern Baptists need members who are passionate about ministry, who are eager to serve Christ and introduce people to Jesus. I believe our churches need members whose "hot buttons" are for evangelism, missions, Bible study, discipleship, prayer, worship, women's ministry, men's ministry, church starting, and the list goes on.

Regardless of what our "hot button" is, it should result in men, women, boys and girls finding Jesus, the One who can provide hope, peace and joy in a world and in a culture that often is hopeless, tumultuous and sorrowful.

So, I encourage you to discover your "hot button," to develop it and to be passionate about sharing the Good News of Jesus through your ministry. Only by doing this will we begin to reach the 33 million unchurched Californians.

Last Published: February 27, 2006 12:20 PM