Like a Good Neighbor

“…you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea…” Acts 1:8
As wonderful as it has been to live in a generation that has enjoyed the speed of travel, information and the availability of a good education, it has not come without many unexpected expenses. One of the casualties of our longing to know what is just over the horizon has been valuing the local and the ordinary. What I mean by the local and ordinary is those in your immediate circle of influence. Those you rub shoulders within your family, place of employment, neighborhood, bank, grocery store…you get the idea.

When Jesus told his disciples that they would receive power to be his witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth, Jerusalem would have represented the local and the ordinary. Start at home. I heard Howard Hendricks say, “If your Christianity doesn’t work at home, don’t export it!”
If I am able to get someone to discuss their influence in their circle most are ashamed and disheartened by their inability to see that they are making a difference. I am convinced that the difference begins to happen when we lay down our agenda, our effort, and simply ask the Lord to use us in our circle.
It seems strange to say, “Stop trying so hard,” but do it and simply be available. Augustine said, “If you want to be someone great, then start by being.” Be His. Be still. Be teachable. Be alert. Be eternally minded. Be ready. Be willing. Be at peace. Be living in the moment and watch what God does with one obedient soul who is expecting to be used for a word or deed that is done out of love for Him.
Pastor Doug