Jesus in the everyday…
I used to drive or hop a bus to the Regent Mall in winter months, not to shop but just to walk. It’s warm corridors free of ice and snow made a lovely alternative to battling the frigid and treacherous elements outdoors. Arriving an hour or so before the shops within it opened was a special treat — wide corridors devoid of frenzied shoppers with only the occasional cleaning person or like-minded walker.
It took about fifteen minutes to walk the entire mall, and when I needed a break there was a Starbucks at one end and a McDonald’s at the other. Sometimes I’d stay the morning, relaxing with a snack and watching the people.
It was an interesting experience to read scripture, pray and meditate on the Lord while at the mall. I’d look at the masses of shoppers and see them as Christ saw them, dearly loved souls for whom He was not willing any should perish, yet whose hearts were far from Him, chasing other ‘gods.’
Being Christ-conscious in the marketplace. This is in fact the calling of every believer… to not only be thinking on Him, but to be living in Him, and through demonstration and words, testimony and challenge bring Christ into the consciousness of all.
Jesus in the everyday… Did not He command us,
“You are the salt of the earth… You are the light of the world… let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matt. 5:13-16).
“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father[a] is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” (John 2:15-17).
Bring Jesus into your world today.
To hear Pastor John’s complete message, go to the Lincoln Baptist Church website and look under ‘Sermons Online’ for the Dec. 29 message.