Reach | Devotion #3: Keep Reaching
Katrina Young | Nursery & Pre-K Director
“Reach for the Stars,” “The sky is the limit,” “Go for it,” “Just Do It,” “Life is a canvas – paint your dreams.” We write all these things in cards at graduation time to encourage our young people to tackle life at all cost. We inspire them to give life their “all” and have no regrets! But when it comes to sharing the Gospel, do we push with the same enthusiasm?
I have heard it said, “If we are to be salt to the world we need to get out of the salt shaker.” Scripture tells us we are the salt and the light to a lost world. We are called to witness to the lost, to seek out and share the Gospel with those who are presently separated from Him.
Matthew 5:14-16 says, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good deeds and moral excellence, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
Matthew 9:37-38 adds, “Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.’”
We all have people in our lives that need to be reached. Sharing the Gospel with those that are closest to us can be the most difficult. If they reject us, they reject Him. If we can get past our hesitations and share the reality of Jesus, who He is and what He has done in our lives, our passion will be evident. Reaching others with the same drive that we have to achieve success in our everyday life can make the stars more reachable.
Romans 1:16 says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”
The power of God unto salvation is not in us but in the Gospel, itself. All we need to do is share it, and God’s Spirit can take the Word of God and make children of God. It does not depend on us, but it is incumbent upon us to proclaim it. What if our canvas is our spiritual journey? What if we paint it with the souls that we have reached out to and they came to know Christ? What if our focus was to teach our young people to share the Gospel with the lost at all costs? What if we had no regrets?
Our job is obedience. God’s job is results.