Is It Okay?
“If the Good News we preach is hidden behind a veil, it is hidden only from people who are perishing. Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:3-4)
If you have read the brief bio I shared in the “About” section of this blog, you know that I’m a preacher. This is not something I wanted or sought. After doing the corporate thing for more than 25 years and, with my wife, raising our children, my later in life’s course was pretty well set in my mind. It involved beachfront and lots of sun. Of course, I was deeply into the Church, but the preacher was always someone I felt called to support, not be. And then one fateful Sunday evening, GOD’s call came to me, and it came unmistakably. I resisted for a short while, but like the message of the Borg (for the benefit of you Trekkies), resistance was futile. Nearly 20 years ago, I began preparing myself to be a preacher and then I became one.
Like the Apostle Paul said, I don’t preach myself but Christ Jesus as Lord. I am His servant. Now I need to say, in case you have this question: Yes, I have regrets, but not at all about saying ‘Yes’ to GOD’s call; I’d do it all again in a heartbeat. I can truly say that whatever was lost as a result of this life change, I consider well worth losing because of what I have gained and am gaining. I experience a joy in the preaching and pastoral ministry that I never imagined before despite spending a lot of time around pastors and having some as close friends. Even now that I have curtailed my ministry activity some because of age, I still love the privilege of serving GOD.
That said, my heart is a little heavy right now. For some time, I have been more devoted to praying for people to whom Jesus is unknown although each and every one of them is well known to Him. In my study this morning (Saturday), I read the entirety of 2 Corinthians 4. I kept coming back to vv. 3 and 4, asking myself this question, “Is it okay for me to let this be without doing what I can to open the spiritual eyes of those being described? Is it okay for me to just to let people I know and people whose paths I cross remain in their blindness, being convinced of what lay ahead for them if they remain blind?” It can’t be okay. It’s not okay.
I know not everyone believes as I do, and I try to be respectful of others and the things to which they do or do not hold. But know that I’m praying for open doors of opportunity to share this wonderful life-giving, life sustaining faith. I want no one to miss out on the goodness I have and the goodness that awaits those whose trust and hope is in Him. I invite you to join me.
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