And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.
Colossians 4: 2 - 6
The Bible makes absolutely clear that we, as Christians, should be firmly focused on Christ, longing to see Him glorified in all that we do, and working with joy convinced of our future eternity with Him (read - Colossians 3: 1 - 3, 17, 23 - 24).
As a kid in Northern Ireland I dreamed of journeying to some far-flung land to meet some unknown people who were in need of Christ and with whom I could share the gospel. Now here I am trying to do this, in London. Hopefully the fact that there are lots of people around you in Uni. and in hospitals who are in need of Christ, both patients and colleagues, has not escaped your attention. This is your mission field! That is not to say that some day God won’t call you to serve Him elsewhere but it is a reminder that He does call you right here and right now to serve Him.
Before getting carried away with the romanticism many associate with missionary work, it is worthwhile considering just how you are getting involved in ‘missionary’ work where you live right now.
Are you praying?
Our experience of life should convince us that our solo efforts in running our own lives are agonizingly inadequate. We need to be praying with respect to every area of our lives, not least our evangelism. It can be so easy to lose sight of the big picture - the state of unrighteousness that the world is in and where it is heading without God (as we saw in yesterday’s reading: Romans 1: 16 - 3: 28).