When thinking about my goals for 2018, one remains the same as it has for several years now - to be radical in my living. I want to live different than people, even other Christians. I want my life to stand out, not for my own benefit, but so that more would cry "Abba Father".
As I asked the Lord how I was to live radically this year, He reminded me of Romans 10.
"For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without somebody preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, 'How beautiful are the feet of those that bring the good news!'"
Reading this passage shakes me. As Paul is writing this, there is a conviction that he is trying to place on followers of Christ. When people don't even get the opportunity to believe in Jesus because they have not heard, it isn't their fault...
How can they call unless they believe? How can they believe unless they've heard? And how can they hear without...us?
Granted, not everybody is meant to travel to unknown lands. Not everybody is supposed to sell all their belongings and go somewhere. But ALL are called to share the love and good news of Christ - be it at a place of employment, a grocery store, or the nations.
As I read this, the conviction DID hit. How often do I live my day-to-day not even seeking opportunities to share about Jesus. When I'm sitting at a coffee shop, it's headphones in, tuning the world out. What if, for once, I left the headphones OUT and waited for an opportunity to love on somebody else? How often do I make the decision to talk about Jesus with other Christians rather than non-believers? How often do I choose to live life normally rather than extravagantly so as to not come across "weird" or "different"?
What if we miss an opportunity? We aren't promised tomorrow - and neither are our neighbours. How tragic it would be to miss an opportunity to share Jesus with somebody.
My challenge - to you AND to myself - is to take this seriously. It is on US to share about Christ. How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news. May that be us this year.