Uncharted Hearts

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In spite of possible negative comments or emails, I felt the need to share another perspective on Halloween.

For our family, we don’t celebrate Halloween.

The only décor on our front door or over our fireplace during October relates to autumn, being thankful, and pumpkins.

However, we don’t live in a bubble or in the middle of an unpopulated planet.

We live in a world that is full of people that do not know Jesus. More specifically, we live in communities full of people who were created by God for a purpose.


Because of this, each year my family has a choice. 


We can disengage from society, turn off our porch light, hide inside, complain on social media, and point fingers at other Christians who are eating chocolate at the end of their driveway.

Or we can go out into our community, engage in society, and focus on starting friendships and conversations with people who believe differently than we do.

So, what should we do?

Matthew 28:18-20 clearly states,

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” ~Jesus

Since the Great Commission applies to my family, we have decided to engage our neighbors by taking advantage of a night where hundreds of super busy parents (we hardly see) are now standing in front of our house socializing.


People who would never step foot in a church or come to a church anything… suddenly, these uncharted hearts are standing in front of us asking about our kids and what we do for a living.


Once they find out we are Christians and attend church every week, they are full of questions about what we believe about various topics and why we to go to church when we could just sleep in.

The results have been fruitful. 

We’ve been invited to various family and social gatherings, where we’ve had many “God” conversations with them and their circle of family and friends.

God continues to open doors for us to witness to our neighbors, love them, and share why we follow Jesus.


As believers, we go to seminars, read books, attend Bible studies about being “missional,” and even listen to sermons that teach, “everyone is a missionary.” I completely agree!


The mission field is in our backyards, our communities, the break room at our jobs, and the hallways at our schools. It is not just some far away third-world country that we watch from afar.

It’s here too.

How are we living this out if we refuse to go where the lost are? How are we to “go,” as Matthew 28 commands,if we stay in our Christian bubbles for fear that if we pass out candy we may lose our faith or set our children up for devil worship?

(By the way, we cannot lose our faith or become devil worshipers by eating chocolate on a certain day of the year.)


What the enemy means for evil, God redeems for His glory.


Although it was probably created with good intentions, the internet wasn’t invented by a Christian and wasn’t invented for Christian purposes.

Today, it’s used for every sort of evil imaginable.

Some groups use it to recruit potential terrorists in order to kill more innocent people. Some use it for demonic purposes. Some use it to commit fraud, cheat on their spouse, or enable people with addictions. Some use it to blaspheme Holy Spirit and try to convince the world that God doesn’t exist.

Yet churches, Christian companies and organizations, and believers world-wide use the internet every day to advance the Kingdom of God.

Why?


They’re going where the lost are and not waiting for the lost to come to them. 


This is why Jesus commanded, “go” instead of “wait.”

If we are to be actively witnessing to the lost, why have we bought the lie that until they come to a church service and walk down the aisle, they won’t accept Christ?

When did it become the job of our pastors and ministry leaders to witness and lead someone in the prayer of salvation for the first time instead of every believer’s responsibility, including our leaders?

More people come know Jesus because of a one-on-one relationship than because of a sermon they hear at a church event.


What about using money, dealing with secular officials and offices to build a church building, and working in a secular environment where your CEO donates money to groups advocating for things that are against the principles in the Bible? Is quitting your job, moving your church underground, refusing to use money, and becoming a hermit the answer? Of course not.


God can redeem money to help feed the homeless, save women and children from sex slavery, and donate to hospitals and orphanages.

We can be a light in a company full of darkness, speaking the Gospel to our co-workers.

We can work with those county officials to build our church building and use our time with them to show the love of Christ in the midst of stress, setbacks, and deadlines.

Before passing out candy to our neighbors, using money for something good, using the internet to preach God’s Word on this blog, go to our job or school, we ask ourselves these questions:

  • Are these uncharted hearts worth stepping out of our comfort zones and stepping into theirs?
  •  Do they matter to God?
  •  If we end up planting a seed of God’s truth in only one of their hearts, is it worth it?

My family says yes.  Yes, it is.

 


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