Day 9: A Sense of Urgency. Today’s challenge was to watch two videos about upping the pace of discipleship. Can we all just say “wow.” I mean, talk about challenging. To think of how many people die each day without knowing Christ. It’s an incredibly important job that we have! And to also think about how little urgency we as a church approach discipleship and evangelism with, it is just mind boggling.
As I thought through all of this tonight I began to look at my own life. I will admit that sometimes I feel a sense of urgency, but many times I don’t approach evangelism or my faith with a sense of urgency. I fall into the trap of being too busy or feeling tired or like something can wait until tomorrow. I began to think through what is taking up my time: Work. Kids. Housework. Church. Social Media. Netflix. I mean, some of those things are simply needed. Some of those things are glorifying God. However, some of those things simply aren’t. I mean, how much time each day do you spend scrolling through Facebook or Instagram? How much time each day do you spend wasting while watching TV? I know, for me, the answer is too much.
As far as work goes…I find it hard to focus on evangelism while I am writing Individualized Education Plans or planning therapy, however, work gives me a great opportunity to develop relationships with people I might not know otherwise. It gives me an opportunity to show Christ to others and to talk with them. I admit, I can get so busy at work that I hole up in my office and never come out, but on days when I actually take the time to intentionally talk with my co-workers I can find out a lot about their lives and spend time encouraging them. I can take something that seems mundane and make it glorify God. Also, when I work, I make money. Money which can be spent on useless things, OR that can be given to missionaries who are spreading the Kingdom around the world.
We need to develop a sense of urgency in our walk with Christ and in our evangelistic lives, because the reality is that we are letting an awful lot of people slip through the gates of Hell without even having the chance to know Christ or to feel loved by one of His followers. I know that I can spend my time better. I’m sure you can too.