Last week I got to be home with my family for the holidays. I always dread the 16 hour car ride home, but the ride is always worth it for me. The moment I see those Appalachian Mountains and the rolling hills of Kentucky, nothing else in my life seems to matter anymore.
While I was home last week, I was able to attend my home churches Sunday morning service and the sermon that was preached has stuck with me since hearing it spoken. To be honest, it stepped on my toes a little bit, but I was okay with that because I needed to hear the truth. I needed to be woken up to my laziness.
When I moved to our first duty station, I became scared of doing the work for God. I was scared because I knew that the majority of the post wouldn’t agree with my beliefs or be accepting of them. I knew deep within my heart that if I was very vocal or active about my faith that I would receive plenty of backlash and opposition. But wasn’t Jesus very vocal and active about His faith and the gospel? Didn’t He face backlash and opposition for the spreading of the gospel? What makes me or any of us any different?
These are the thoughts I had as the preacher preached his sermon Sunday morning. The preacher spoke about how our time here on earth is meant to be used for Christ and His work and not for us to just do whatever we wanted, putting Christ on the back burner. He spoke about how for everything there is a time. While sitting there I thought, “I need to be doing more for the Lord. I should be doing more than what I’m doing.”
My excuses and fear do not justify me not doing more for Christ and His work. The enemy would like us to feel defeated before we even begin a work for the Lord, so that we won’t even start the work because we’re too scared to. But our time to work for Christ is right now, wherever Christ has let us be planted at. Our duty stations and those living around us may intimidate us from spreading the gospel, but we’ve got to be willing to push through the intimidation and fear to continue spreading the truth of God’s word.
Those around us need to hear about Christ and His word. They need to be taught it. They need to see our teaching and preaching being lived out within our lives. They need to see godly examples. They need Jesus more than they know.
Our time is now. What are we doing with the time we’ve been given?
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:”
“A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;”
“A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;”
“A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;”
“A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;”
“A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;”
“A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;”
“A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.”