This week I watched the reaction of people to death. Two very different lives, both died with many years left to be productive in this world.
Sunday morning a young man (19 years old) was shot to death at a party. It appears the party was fueled by alchohol and drugs and fighting, attended by many underage kids and generally a place where you shouldn’t be. As you community reacted to this senseless death, a picture of a different young man was emerging and being told. Friends spoke of his gentleness and kindness and what a good man he was.
Last night Steve Jobs died. Immediately quotes attributed to him began being retweeted and posted on Facebook and every other social media site. People lauded his vision, his technology, his ability to create. Certainly our world has become a better place techologically because of him.
Here’s the saddest thing about both of these men. Both of them died without accepting Christ as their personal savior – or at least from accounts of persons who knew them. The things we do here on earth are only temporary at best. Our goodness, our kindness, our knowledge, our passions, our abilities to motivate others, our ability to speak or to be silent – all of it pales in the one truth that will ultimately define who we are.
As much as thousands of people will mourn the death of these two men, God is saddened as well. For different reasons.
Don’t let today go by without telling someone you love about Jesus.
Each Monday night, Cyndi and I lead a small group discussion group – a Community Group that delves deeper into the weekly message from Dean Inserra at City Church. As a group we honestly address issues that we face in our daily lives. Issues about faith, forgiveness, holiness, salvation, redemption, sharing our faith, living out our faith and generally what it means to be a real Christ follower.
Last night was another good time with some people who are really committed to Christ. One couple brought a friend – Michele. Michele will leave next week for a two year long mission to Hungary with the International Mission Board. I tend to ask a lot of questions and Michele intrigued me – so you can guess the rest!
Michele will spend her time building relationships with college students and members of the community she will live in. Her goals will be to disciple believers and lead them to a point of facilitating comm;unity groups when she leaves in a few years.
Although Michele will be paid to do this, aren’t each of us as Christ followers charged to dod the exact same thing? Isn’t our primary goal as a follower of Christ to share his love and glory with others? Doesn’t Jesus Christ himself leave us with a charge to go throughout all nations and teach others about Him?
I’m excited for Michele! She is embrking on an adventure that is beyond cool to me! I challenged our group to pray for Michele. I know I will.
As we closed our time together, Michele’s friends asked me to share a little of our story with Michele. While I look at our life and our actions as doing what God has called us to do, others seem to look at it with a different view. When I quit my job and began commuting 200 miles one way each week to facilitate this group and to offer my skill sets and knowledge to City Church, I did what I heard God telling me to do. He was in fact answering a prayer I’ve prayed for a very long time. I’ve begged God to let me be a part of a big movement of His. He is answering that right now! God is working through City Church in Tallahassee in a remarkable way! And I get to be a small part of it!
God has blessed us in so many ways. Last night I was reminded of the people He has surrounded us with and that may be the biggest blessing of all!