"This is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially those who believe." 1 Timothy 4:10
Sunday we will hear a clear call, "Go!" Jesus will challenge us. "Go, into all the world and make disciples of every nation. Baptize them and teach them..." This is an awesome call which is to guide our life on this planet. We are challenged to share our faith in Christ in all we do. This can be an overwhelming challenge when we consider the sickness, division, limited hours and days and pressing demands on our time. The passage above though energizes us and reminds us of the hope which we share. "We labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people." We believe in a God who is alive and who lives and moves in and through us. We believe in a God who is eager to save us, and all our friends and family, from the hopelessness, sickness, sin, and misery of our lives.
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to visit in the hospital. One of my stops was to see an older fella we affectionately call "Smitty". Smitty has been greeting at the early service for about 100 years :) He was in the midst of his 50th hospital stay. He had heart surgery. When I entered the room he lifted his arms and pumped them towards heaven. "Praise God!' he whispered. "I'm alive, God is go good, he has brought me through again." I had experienced a challenging day and was forgetting the nature of this awesome God we serve. Smitty's praise humbled me and energized me for the rest of my visits. I may be tired or frustrated at times but this "living God' we serve has amazing blessings to pour out. Those blessings are most often shared when God's people, that's you and me, find a way to share the Lords blessing, healing, and hope to others.
So friends, "GO!" into your schools, workplaces, homes, grocery stores.... and find away to share the hope of the living God with all you encounter!
Please keep all graduates in your prayers for safety this summer and a bright future.