Ever Shining.

Posted by Colleen Woods on

Evangelism is not a professional job for a few trained men, but is instead the unrelenting responsibility of every person who belongs to the company of Jesus. 

Elton Trueblood

 

As blood-bought believers, we are called to be lights who are ever-shining. The red-letter words of Jesus recorded in the Bible instruct us to go out into the world and let our lights shine before others. Once we have repented of our sins and are set free from the curse of sin and death, we join the company of saints called to go out and share the message that Jesus saves!

Because we’ve come into an understanding of what lies ahead – what eternal joys are lost – for those who don’t know Christ, there should be a great sense of urgency in our witness. There should be a longing to be a part of the Great Commission, in which Jesus, our resurrected Lord, instructed his disciples to spread the gospel to all nations of the world.

Jesus came to seek and save the lost, and we have a responsibility to join his followers in sharing the Good News. There really isn’t anything more rewarding to use our lives for than soul-winning and disciple-making. Have you experienced the joy of helping someone come to the understanding of their need for Christ’s loving friendship?

As I look back over my life’s journey, I see many faces of people who God brought into my life to reveal himself to me.

Many years ago, as a brand-new believer, I heard a pastor share a story about a little boy who was struggling to go to sleep for the night; he was afraid of the dark. So he got up and made his way into his mother’s room, scarcely making a sound, and whispered, “Mommy, I’m afraid.” She replied, “Don’t worry, son. Jesus is with you.” He thought about that for a brief moment or two and then quickly said, “I know He is, Momma, but I want someone with skin on.”

What a delightful thought. Even when we are all grown-up, we still need “Jesus with skin on” – people who are willing to invest in our lives through sharing the love and sweet mercy of God with us in an abundance of ways.

How many times have we felt like that little boy in the midst of our own trials and fears? We know Jesus is there, but we want someone with skin on. Someone who is willing to walk alongside us, to listen as we pour out our sorrows and share our pain. We need a companion or two to comfort and to console us ... to point us to God!

Reaching out to others to share God’s love is the heartbeat of Ruby’s mission. It’s pretty much a given for those of us who walk with God that others have been involved in our journeys. We feel a debt of gratitude for the investment they’ve made into our lives. Each of our team members has experienced this reality, and as we gather with other women to share our mission and our stories, it is a constant and common thread laced through our conversations. 

Many things have been solidified and clarified as we’ve worked together and sought the LORD for direction these past months. In a nutshell: Stories are powerful, teams are better than flying solo – and if we are willing, God will use us to advance His kingdom by sharing His love with others.

We are blessed to hear how God is using Ruby Buckle’s beautiful tools to help people invest in the lives of others, making His great name known. If you haven’t joined our mission yet, you’re invited right now!

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:14–16

 

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