While it’s not incredibly classy, it means that everyone can choose whatever food they would like
Reference: v.5 Through Christ, God gave me the special work of an apostle, which was to lead people of all nations to believe and obey. I do this work for him. (NCV Bible)
Explore: It is quite common for me to meet with family or friends to have a meal in a food court. These eating places are situated in a shopping centre and contain many different food stalls. The mini kitchens are all surrounding a whole heap of communal tables that anyone can sit at. While it’s not incredibly classy, it means that everyone can choose whatever food they would like and all meet back at the one table. There are cleaners provided by the shopping centre who walk around and clean up the tables once one group has left. Another option is that customers can put their own rubbish in the bins provided. The majority of people leave their rubbish on the table for the cleaning staff to remove. I make an effort to clean up after I’ve finished my meal. There are only a few of us who do this and yet everyone is capable. Sometimes my friends laugh at me and say that people are paid to clean and that I am putting someone out of a job by cleaning up! But there are many who leave their mess on the tables, so there is no fear of anyone going without pay! People are happy for others to do jobs for them, when we are the ones responsible and we have the ability, not only to complete the task, but also to make someone’s day easier as well.
Application: When it comes to evangelism we Christians tend to act like customers in a food court. We are all happy to consume the food, but not always happy to do the work for others. Every single believer has been given the ability and authority from God to tell others about Him, and yet only very few actually do the work to help people connect to God. Often Christians laugh off being an evangelist and say that others are more gifted to do so, or that the pastor is the one paid to do it – we don’t want them out of a job! However, there are so many people who need to hear of the love of Christ, that I don’t think any pastor has to worry about losing any pay over a lack of work! We are all different and have been given different abilities and yet, as disciples, we are all called to tell others about God through our words and our actions.
Prayer: Lord God, there are so many reasons why I don’t tell people about You – pride, fear, selfishness, lack of confidence… Forgive me Lord for not acting on what You have called me to do. May there be people who come into my life that I can share your love and grace with. Amen.
Who is already in your life that needs to know about Christ’s love?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.