BIBLE VERSE: (But) sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence (1 Peter 3:15)
TRUTH: While waiting for a flight recently from Chicago's O'Hare airport, I ran into a group of teenagers and their pastoral leader who were returning from a missions trip to the Far East. Knowing where this group was from and who certain members were, I knew, absolutely, that it was love for their fellow man which carried this missions trip. By the work and outward care this group showed at the various orphanages they spent time at, where babies were held and loved in a pagan society with various class systems which are set by birth, one major thing was accomplished. That thing was the opening of THE door to spread the good news of the Gospel. It is one thing to stand on a corner preaching that people are going to hell if they do not repent and trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. It is quite another to SHOW that Love Who gave His life as a ransom for many.
When we go on mission like this, and purpose to love the unlovable and touch the untouchable - hearts will be open almost everywhere to hearing what compels these young girls or boys, who gave up a lot to come to the recipients of this mission trip benefit. Christianity is the only belief system ever in existence whereby we are explicitly commanded to give all of ourselves, expect nothing in return and make it about nobody else but Jesus. If this equation is followed to a "t", it is only then we will have a receptive audience whereby we can give "an account for the hope (Christ and Eternal Life).....and that hope is the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His promise of Eternal Rest. Therefore, do you wish to be on mission? Well, let's put actions to our feet and be the "church on the go"! Amen.