The Christmas season has officially arrived! This wonderful season of anticipation, joy, humility, and celebration must also include the announcement to the world that a Savior has been born. Fortunately, we still live in a culture here in Alabama that is, for the most part, receptive to conversation about Christ and Christianity. People are not going to bite us if we invite them to church, if we share our faith, or if we pray for them ... we're much more afraid of doing these things than others are of having us do them! And the Christmas season is perhaps the biggest open door we have to proclaim the Gospel in word and deed. Let's take advantage of this!
But even though we do still live in a somewhat Christian-friendly culture the number of unbelievers around here is growing. Just a couple of Sundays ago I asked the congregation to list names of non-Christians for whom we could pray. The response was much greater than anticipated ... we received 133 names! So when Jesus said, "Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest" (Jn 5:35) He was apparently including our communities, our families, our workplaces, etc. Mission isn't just something we ask John Lawrence, a committee, and various missionaries to handle for us ... it is our responsibility to do mission day in and day out, at home and at work, among our friends and family. Jesus also said, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest." (Matt 9:37-38) So who exactly are those laborers going to be? I'm praying they are us - the members and friends of Community Presbyterian Church. The harvest field around here has at least 133 in it and I believe God is calling, moving, and equipping us to be those workers. Are you willing to be such a laborer in the harvest?
Community has to answer the same question that every church must answer ... are we going to continue to exist for our own comfort or are we going to intentionally direct our energy to proclaim the excellencies of our Savior Jesus Christ to a neighborhood, community, and world that doesn't know Him? Right now I'm really not suggesting anyone sign up for a program, learn a new strategy, or go into full-time ministry ... rather do simple things like pray, be a neighbor, love others, and let your conversation be seasoned with Christ! Let's take advantage of the holiday season and see what amazing things God may do in and through us.