There is a story of elderly lady who was watching as a pair of golfers sliced their drives deep into the rough. The golfers went in search of their errant golf balls. The grass was high, the trees were thick, and tempers flared as they looked in vain through the underbrush. The elderly lady observed all this from the front porch of her house. After the search had lasted nearly half an hour, she finally called out to them, "I don't want to bother you men," she said, "but will it be cheating if I tell you where the golf balls are?"
As we look around us, we see people searching for lost values, for real meaning in life, and for hope. We must not keep silent. Fulfilling the Great Commission means sharing Jesus Christ with those around. It means speaking up and guiding them to forgiveness and salvation.
There are many sound churches, but they are sound asleep. It is far too easy for the Church to become a sort of religious clique where Christians retreat from the world.
As we look back at Pentecost we see that the church understood that its primary mission was to reach out to the world. The unity that they experienced and the prayers that they offered were only to help them fulfill the task that Christ had given them to make disciples of all people. They existed not for their own clique, but for the benefit of a lost world.
For I am not ashamed of the goespel; it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
Dear Lord help us not loose sight of helping others to know you and your love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.