We’re not volunteers…we’re chosen

I was reading in 2 Corinthians 6 today…

We try to live in such a way that no one will be hindered from finding the Lord by the way we act…
2 Corinthians 6:3

Being a Christian is tough. ¬†Being a Christian in Utah is really tough. ¬†We’re trying to walk in grace at all times so that others can see our lives and find forgiveness themselves while at the same time, we are mindful to not do anything that would hinder someone coming to Christ. ¬†That’s tough for me. ¬†When it comes to setting an example for my neighbors, in some areas I don’t have a problem and in some I struggle more. ¬†For example, while I don’t believe that abstaining from work on Sunday is necessary, I have no problem taking the day off so that my neighbors aren’t vexed by the sight of me mowing my lawn on the “Sabbath”.

I happen to not like alcohol and I don’t smoke so those aren’t problems. ¬†However, I sometimes rent movies that I shouldn’t and the person at Blockbuster knows that even if no one else does.

Why am I bringing all of this up to you? ¬†Because I’m am convicted today about the reality that we are not volunteers…we’re chosen.

You may not want to be involved in bringing the people in our community to Christ, but you need to realize that you are called to do just that. ¬†Utah is less than 2% evangelical Christian. ¬†For every 100 people, there might be 2 who know God’s plan for salvation. ¬†You may not like it, but if you live in Utah, you are called to this mission. ¬†Plain and simple. ¬†We can’t wait for volunteers. ¬†There’s a world out there that is lost and if you aren’t willing to tell them, then you’re putting all of the responsibility on that other person (out of 100) to do the work.

I want to encourage you to live as a chosen one.  The one that God has called to do His great work in Syracuse and the surrounding community.

Matt Jones

Matt is the lead pastor at Lakeside Church. When he's not "pastoring" in the city, you can find him "pastoring" at Schneiter's Bluff Golf Course.

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