At our church we have women's small groups that meet monthly to discuss a devotion, pray, and fellowship. Our church has four main services on Sunday morning so the goal of these groups is to connect the women from each service and age groups. Many people have commented on March's devotion as being helpful for them, so I wanted to share it here...
There are those Sundays when “It’s just too cold,” “I want to sleep just little more,” or “We could take a day trip to the beach.” I have had plenty of those myself. There was a time when I remember using one (or more!) of those excuses to ‘skip’ church every so often. Then, I became so good at it, I decided to work on Sundays. It wasn’t every Sunday, but it was enough for me to justify “touching lives” and being able to have the highest income by working on that day of the week. Not only were my clients watching and learning from my priorities, so was my husband.
As winter winds down and spring begins to blossom we can easily loose focus of the most important part of our lives here on earth: reaching our world for Christ. During the coming spring and summer months it becomes easy to forget our mission and fall back into 1) mundane church activities, or 2) minimal, if any, church attendance (often times we may only be present physically).
Mark Mittleberg puts it like this: “[We] need to be reminded of why [we] are here. Evangelism is not an optional activity. It is at the very core of our mission, which is to reach our world with the gospel. That’s why Jesus spelled it out so clearly: to go into all the world (including next door or down the hallway) to reach everyone we can for him (Matthew 28:18-20). This Great Commission wasn’t one choice among many options. It’s what we’re here to do.”1
Worshipping God is an act of service, both inside and outside of the church building. That is how we reach the world with the gospel. Listen to the words of Mohandas Gandhi: “Oh, I don’t reject Christ. I love Christ. Its just that so many of you Christians are so unlike Christ. If Christians would really live according to the teachings of Christ, as found in the Bible, all of India would be Christian today.”
These words, as true as they are, frighten me, break my heart, and make me remorseful because I am one of those that he is talking about who is so “unlike Christ.” But more than that...they motivate me.
When it comes to church, we must come ready to worship and serve the one true God. Then, we must go out into the world and unpack what we have learned for ourselves, family, friends, coworkers, and strangers. This is how we will reach the world for Christ. Continually worshipping. Continually serving.
After all, this is God’s will—let’s make a commitment now, and be bold about it.
“You are the light of the world...let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give flory to your Father who is in Heaven.”2
1 Written by Mark Mittelberg in Sean McDowell’s A New Kind of Apologist, p. 51.
2 Matthew 5:14-16, paraphrased.
Victoria Harris holds an M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. She is a former Miss Florida Teen USA and Mrs. Florida U.S. Victoria is a lover of Jesus, a wife, biological mom of a toddler and soon-to-be adoptive mom of a tween. Follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vdharris, on twitter @VictoriaDHarris, or on instagram @VictoriaRatliffHarris.
Victoria is a wife, mom, ambassador of Jesus, and a lover of all things that involve learning.