"To everything, there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven" (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
We are living in an era where so many people, places, and things are being destroyed, demolished. Man-made catastrophes tearing our world apart - disrupting our sense of peace and security; shattering our dreams and hopes for a brighter future for ourselves and our children. It is becoming the 'norm,' and for those of us who are fighting the Lord's battles, it seems as though we are fighting uphill.
At times, we are all tempted to ridicule, pass judgment, and punish wrong-doers. Yes, we should protect society from criminals, penalize and not reward bad behavior, seek justice for those who are victimized. But remember, as ambassadors for Christ, we have to balance that with our duty to extend the invitation of redemption and salvation to all men regardless of their sins - regardless of any vile acts they may have committed. We build, therefore we are! We are soul winners!
So, how do you build under such dark circumstances? How do you rally people of faith to act and not react, to be about their Father's business, to pray without ceasing? Building upon their faith, and teaching others to do the same. How do you rally people of faith to be leaders, transformers and not conformist - separating themselves from worldliness and ungodliness in order to affect change in the hearts of men?
As I sit here penning this blog, the answer appears so clearly and simply, "Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven" (Matthew 5:16). Christians are the 'salt of the earth,' we enhance, add flavor, and give a deeper meaning to life and living. Christians are the 'light of the world,' 'a candle that cannot be hidden'- we give light to the world, we shine in dark places. Thus, giving meaning to LET IT SHINE!
Your age or background is not important when it comes to building God's Kingdom. All you need is a redeemed life, a willing heart, and a committed mind. When obstacles are thrown in front of you - BOUNCE BACK AND BUILD! When stumbling blocks are in your path - BOUNCE BACK AND BUILD! When stones are hurled at you from every direction - BOUNCE BACK AND BUILD! We build, therefore we are!
As God's resources and master builders, He has given us the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Laboring together as co-workers, we have to employ wisdom and take heed how we build upon the foundation that has already been laid - Jesus Christ. When we surrendered our lives unto God: confessed with our mouths the Lord Jesus Christ, and believed in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead - we joined an army of blood bought trophies of grace.
"How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without..." - YOU! Don't be silenced.