Romans 12: 6-8 (NIV) states, “We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.”
These versus tell us a great deal about how all believers can spread the Good Word. Many of us have a hard time evangelizing to the lost. Yet these verses remind us that our actions, our steadfastness in living a disciplined and spirit-filled life, and our willingness to use the gifts we are given, can act as a catalyst for others to embrace a life lived with eternity as the focus.
I have never preached a sermon, but I have written hundreds of columns discussing my faith in Jesus Christ. I have never put together a Bible study, but I have called many talk shows in defense of my Christian beliefs. I have never went on a missions trip, but I have followed the Lord’s instructions concerning my work; “Whatever work you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” (Col. 3:23 NIV)
Four years ago, in our local newspaper, a picture of a high school track star appeared on the front page of the sports section. The girl in the picture was kneeling in prayer minutes before her race was to begin. Here was a young lady who ran almost every day, training for years to reach the level of success, and there was no doubt she was going to do just great in her race. Yet she knew that the only reason she could even take on step was because of her Holy Father. I have never met this young lady, and I doubt I ever will, but her faith in our Creator has forever touched me.
We have that ability to make an everlasting impact on others for the sake of Jesus Christ. Whether are gift is painting, writing, teaching, or a host of other possibilities, all of them can be used to call others to embrace the kingdom of Heaven.
I love writing, but I love it even more when I concentrate on the Lord while writing. I don’t write for man, I write for the Lord. And as long as we work for the Lord, others are sure to notice there is something different about our work, something they might like to be a part of.