Right after we started the 40 Days of Purpose study, I signed up for the Purpose-Driven Life Daily Devotionals. I found today's especially insightful and was gearing up to write about it here, when lo and behold, I checked in at my favorite author's blog (Robin Lee Hatcher--see link at left) and found she'd beaten me to the punch. (To read the full devotion online, go to http://www.purposedrivenlife.com/devarchive.aspx?ARCHIVEID=255.)
The crux of the matter is that Christians aren't exempt from taking active part of the world we live in. We can't be like the aesthetic Essenes of ancient Israel or the religious hermits who isolate themselves from all worldly contact. We need to be available. Like Jesus, we need to be willing to go where the world most needs what we have to offer.
Our 40 Days of Purpose is winding down now. We're in the last week of the study, and the subject is our final purpose, that we were created for a mission. In other words, we are to spread God's good news of salvation to the world. And we cannot do that outside of relationship. Who's going to believe what I have to say about Christ's activity in my life if they don't already have respect for me as someone trustworthy and caring? Which is exactly why Christ calls us to be in the world but not of the world.
Yes, evangelism scares me . . . until I remember it's not about me but about what Christ has done for me. It's about the love I have for others. It's about what others see in my life that compels them to want that for themselves. As Rick Warren wrote, God isn't looking for attorneys to defend and argue his case. He's looking for witnesses whose very lives testify to the Truth.