Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Time of Our Lives

I can just picture it: a young teenager sitting on a leather couch, chips in hand with her eyes glued to the television screen. You know what’s coming. The mother of this unfortunate individual walks into the room, a tired frown poised on her face. “That is such a waste of time. Go do something productive.”
I could go into all the discourse that goes on at our house when our mom tells us to do something productive. “I’m bored, Mom. There’s nothing else to do.” But I’m sure you all know perfectly well the default answer received from your mom. “Well I’ll have no problem finding you some chores.” Suddenly you’re not so bored.
But what is my point with all this? To what form of spirituality does this compare? (You’re dying to know, right?) Well, I’ll tell you. Let’s compare the couch potato with your average Christian. The television screen can be compared to the world. Now do you see where I’m going? There are a lot of us out there today that are “Couch Potato Christians” (Ouch). We sit on the couch and watch the world go by, letting it take its course without bothering to do something about it. We don’t even think about changing the channel. We can’t get up to do something productive that will change something. We can’t spend the time. We’re too worried about what will happen if we try to lead someone to Christ and the embarrassment we will be faced with, so we just don’t bother. Some of us can’t take the time to get off the couch and immerse ourselves in the Word of God.
Just like the mother of the unfortunate couch potato, God is saying the same thing: “Get off the couch. You’re wasting your life. Do something productive for me. Lead someone to Christ. Start something big. Don’t let the world go by and do nothing about it. Jump in.”
So how do we “jump in” for God? It’s simple, really. You should start with prayer. Meditate on God’s Word. Don’t love yourself. By loving yourself you sit by and watch the world. By loving others as God has commanded us to do you jump in and do something about the thousands and thousands of lost souls out there. Another very important thing I would like to mention: when you have an opportunity to change the course of a conversation, or when you have an opportunity to share Christ with someone, don’t miss it. Don’t be afraid because you’re not alone.
In conclusion, what’s a little potential embarrassment when there’s a lost soul on the line? We need to get over our fears of people. We don’t want to wake up one day and say, “This life has been a waste. I haven’t done anything significant for God. What have I been doing this whole time?” Watching the show. Are you going to watch the show, or are you going to step up and do something?

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