It’s summer and we all want to enjoy the long, hazy, crazy days of summer. But how should a Christian spend vacation??? Whether it’s a long get-away to a far-off destination, or a stay-cation enjoying hometown attractions, we should always be ready to tell others about the love of Jesus and His gift of saving grace.
As you can tell by now, this is not our regular “Got Questions?” article. That’s because….we’re on VACATION. Thanks for letting us take a break. We are at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Training Center, The Cove, for a seminar with evangelist and apologist Alex McFarland (www.alexmcfarland.com). The Cove is a beautiful retreat for spiritual growth and rest (www.thecove.org).
So today, this is simply a reminder to all of us to testify to the love of Jesus and to share the gospel with our words, both spoken and unspoken, whether it’s a day of work or vacation. We’re sharing a couple videos we’ve produced for our YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/reasonsforhopejesus/) to inspire and motivate your evangelistic effort to help build the Kingdom of God.
We hope you enjoy your summer vacation.
Wherever you go, whatever you do, leave your footprint.
Tell people about the love of Jesus.
There are lost people all around.
Tell them about Jesus!
OR, leave a tract that tells them “Jesus Loves You!”
In addition to lost people, there are also Christians who need to hear the gospel. Many have been taken captive by the busyness of daily life and the pleasures of the world. Remind them of their Hope. Help them to remember the riches they have in Christ Jesus. We all need our brothers and sisters in Christ to help us stay focused in a world that is moving faster and faster with each passing day.
Make your vacation God-honoring as well as relaxing and rejuvenating.
Return home knowing that your time off was
from work and the routines of daily life,
not from knowing, loving, and sharing Jesus.
Do not be anxious about anything. (Phil 4:6)
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must rightly remember who is in control. Our God is sovereign over all things, including COVID-19. As Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) said, “The sovereignty of God is a soft pillow on which weary people lay their heads.”
Remember also God’s gracious promise, and that it is true and He is faithful to keep it: Hebrews 13:5 …”I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” The next verse remind us of the power that comes in trusting God and how we can live: Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man [or COVID-19] shall do to me.
God loves us, and in Christ we find confidence and calm in times of uncertainty and trouble. When we trust in God, fear is replaced with faith, stress is replaced with strength, anxiety is gone and hope abounds, problems become opportunities, and we are able to receive the blessings God has for us in the midst of difficult circumstances. Turn to Jesus. He will lead you to the still waters and give rest for your troubled soul.
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…Hebrews 6:19
Be Ready Always...
to give a reason for the Hope that you have (1 Peter 3:15). When you can’t share the gospel with your words, share it by leaving tracts that tell people about God's grace.
When leaving a tract, always be diligent to pray about the short gospel message. Pray that it be found by someone who is in need of Jesus’ saving grace, and pray that the person will have a tender heart and open ears to receive the gift Jesus desires to give them.
By the power of the Holy Spirit, even a small tract can help in turning a broken sinner from darkness to light.
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