I recently finished reading a novel titled “Heaven and Hell” by Kenneth Zeigler. Now, I realize that works of fiction can be a far stretch from the truth, but often they mirror truth, and as such, capture our imagination. I don’t read much fiction, but this one captured my attention in a big way!
In a nut shell, it follows the journey in graphic detail of two individuals. They both died, but one went to heaven, the other, to hell. It really got me thinking: What are we doing here on this earth? What’s our purpose? What’s that one thing that we should be doing above and beyond everything else?
Matthew 28:19-20 says: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.” (MSG) Mark 16:15 states: “Then he said to them, “As you go throughout the world, proclaim the Good News to all creation.” (CJB) These are some of the last recorded words of Yeshua before He went back to the Father in heaven, and they are words of instruction FOR US!
I began to ask myself, “What am I doing”? Life happens. The enemy of our souls makes sure that it does! We go to work, watch TV, attend church, play video games, read books, get involved in sports, go out with friends, shop, run errands, and an endless number of other things that totally consume our time. We are so busy, so tired from being so busy, that we don’t stop to consider “What am I doing”? The days turn into months, then the months into years. Sometimes bad things happen, and life becomes a burden. We forget all that we have to be thankful for. We focus on the bad and forget the good that God has done for us. Time passes while we become consumed in praying for good to come from evil. All the while, Satan has us going in circles, and souls are falling head-long into the depths of hell to be forgotten forever.
Then I stopped and asked myself “What can I do? I’ve never been very good at evangelism.” As I listened, Holy Spirit began to speak. “What is YOUR calling”? “I’m an intercessor”, I replied. “Then pray for those who are called to evangelize. Pray for the missionaries you support. Pray for young people to catch the vision, and bring the Good News to those that I am calling them to.”
As I began to ponder these things, I thought, “What if each and every one of us just did ONE thing”? Some people will give money on occasion when a missionary comes to their church to speak. What if they chose one missionary to support monthly? Jesus once said to His disciples: “Were you so weak that you couldn’t stay awake with me for even an hour? (Matt 26:40, CJB) What if we gave up just one hour a week of personal entertainment to find out and do that one thing we are to do? Can we spend a Saturday with a local Christian outreach group once every month or two?
Can we offer to support a young person in our church on a short-term mission’s trip? Sometimes the most unlikely teen will catch the vision and turn their world upside down for Jesus! What the world needs now, more than ever, is love, encouragement, and truth. They need to know about our Jesus before it is too late. Your church attendance is good, but whose kingdom is being built? Do you attend expecting the pastor to do all the work of the ministry, or do you expect to be equipped so YOU can do the work? Is your church winning the lost, and training them, or is it a “bless me” club for the saints?
I know these are hard questions, but I feel it is imperative that I ask them. I am asking ME: What am I doing? What is my ONE thing?