Go out into all the World

“And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.”  Luk 14:23

Last week as I was preparing for my temporary move to Evansville IN, I was watching Fox and Friends and they were filming from the last open Blockbuster store located in Bend, Oregon.  Kevin McCarthy, a regular movie critic on the Fox morning show was playing the part of an employee helping customers.  It brought back lots of memories of going to our local Blockbuster and choosing several movies which we would enjoy watching from home.  However, as I was watching this, something else came to my mind which I feel compelled to share.

It used to be that when we wanted or needed something, we would get in our cars and drive to a store and look around until we find exactly what we want.  We would then take it to a cashier, pay for the product, then walk to our car again and drive home and enjoy the new thing we purchased.  Now, we get online, order the product and have it delivered, normally when we are not home, then we open the package and enjoy the new thing we ordered.  Sounds mostly the same, however, the one difference we see is huge.  No personal interaction and opportunity to minister to those we could interact with.

Going to stores was a wonderful time to share with people we may never have met any other way.  There are people who are lost, hurting, needy and just wanting to hear something positive, or hoping someone would somehow help them.  It could be a checkout person, a shelf stocker, or another person shopping in the same store.  It could be a man walking to the store from his car, or a lady who is struggling with getting her purchases into her trunk.  We are missing opportunities to minister to people when we do not go out and interact with them.  Many people see the above verse as just going out for a time of witnessing.  However, I believe that this just scratches the surface.  I have heard many stories of people who have had opportunities to share their faith as they were shopping.  Saying God Bless you to someone who helps you may open a much needed conversation which could change their life for eternity.  Going out of your way to assist someone who needs your help is a shining light in a very dark world, and may open their heart to Christ.  There is no way for us to know how a deed we see as small may be just what God uses to reveal truth.  And, hating to say this, by us not going out into the world to interact with people in our daily lives could have a negative impact on people for whom Christ died to save.  It is our job, as Christians, to go out and share the truth to a watching world.  How can they see the truth if we do not go out there and show it to them.

There is nothing wrong with ordering things online.  I understand why we would want to at times.  But we must go out and interact with people in order to make a difference in the lives of people we come across.  And how can we do that if we do not go out to them.  I encourage you to sacrifice convenience for the sake of the lost and/or the hurting.  It does not have to be all the time, but the world needs to see Christ in us through the love we show them.  Pray for those opportunities and relish them.  Seek them out for the glory of God.  You will be amazed at what God can do through you, whether you know it now or sometime in the future.

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