So many of us live our Christian lives in obscurity. We are silent…hidden…opaque…virtually invisible to the world around us. We all too often hide ourselves within the safe confines of our churches…rarely venturing out in fear of being discovered.
What is the paralyzing fear that keeps us in this state? Is it fear of persecution? Is it fear of our faults or weaknesses discovered? Is it fear of the skeletons of our past being revealed? Is it fear of leaving the safety of the crowd?
There are some who stand out from the crowd. There are those that don’t blend in. But sadly, a majority of these appear more concerned with drawing people to themselves in order to maintain that which they have created.
Our job, or mission, is to show people all that Christ is. To live our lives in such a way that when they look at us, they see a shining example or reflection of Him. To love so deeply, with such compassion, that they find themselves drawn to know more about Him.
I heard a pastor once say that the local church is the hope of the world. While I understand what he was trying to say…the focus in that statement is all wrong.
Jesus, and He alone, is the hope of the world!
Jesus was driven by a mission. He was completely surrendered to a specific purpose in His life. Jesus did not live His life in obscurity…neither should we!
“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” John 12:32 NIV