“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7:13-14).
Nothing that God says or does is without meaning. To put it another way, God’s Word to us carries deep meaning and purpose. Furthermore, God can accomplish many things at once, and often does it with us. As His ambassadors, He sends us out for several reasons:
• He reminds us what He has done for us.
God sent His Son to be the Savior of the world (1 John 4:14), and that includes us. We were once apart from Christ and in dire need (Matthew 9:36). Carrying His message to others reminds us what He has done for us.
• He teaches us to trust in Him.
As we live and speak for Him, we will encounter opposition and enemies along the way. But we need to persevere and continue on. In order to do this, we need to trust in God.
• He teaches us to take our eyes off ourselves, and on to others.
It’s not difficult to become preoccupied with life’s so-called urgent matters. We get caught up with both routine and “urgent” matters. But God reminds us that others need to hear the message of God’s love. As His ambassadors, He teaches us to think of others.
• He teaches us that the true source of joy is helping others.
When we make our agenda and then set out to fulfill it, people can get in the way. But when we pause and consider their needs, and set out to meet those needs, God fills our hearts with joy and fulfillment. Helping people leads to rich fulfillment, and joy flows from an obedient heart.
God calls us not so much to discuss, debate, and share opinions. He calls us to act on His behalf. The passage from Matthew above describes in no uncertain terms the dilemma the world faces. In fact, most people die without Christ. That’s why our message must go out to the ends of the earth: if people do nothing, they will remain lost. We must convince them that God has a much better plan for them.
1. Each day, renew your mission before God as His ambassador.
2. Take time to help others.
Even if we lack the time, or think we do, take some steps to act for God. It helps to set our minds on others, and not exclusively on our own life.
3. Remember what God has done for you.
Remember what you were before God rescued you? Have you ever paused to think of where you might be if God did not intervene? When we consider all that God has done for us, we then will see the needs of those around us and tell them of God’s love.
Posted on Thu, March 17, 2016
by Sam Petitfils