As I listened to the Queen's speech on Christmas Day, I was amazed to hear her clearly speak about Jesus. In her 5-minute speech she referred to her faith more than I have heard during the whole year from other sources, other than from good churches.
Our faith can be one of the ‘best kept secrets ‘we have, and our world is dying for want of knowing it.
We are saying goodbye to a difficult, disappointing and challenging year, and this year is full of hope, optimism and opportunities for the future.
As Christians we know the hope that Christ brings, we are the ‘hope-carriers’ to the world. It is not based on circumstances or wishful thinking, but on what God has said and our trust in Him.
During our various lockdowns many of used zoom, duo or other virtual video engines. How many times did we instruct others to tap the microphone icon and unmute, and how many times were we told?
WE NEED TO UNMUTE
In John 4:35 Jesus speaks about the ‘fields being white unto the harvest’. Jesus saw people who were lost. He also saw people who were interested in what He was saying.
Crops cannot harvest themselves! In Luke 10:2, He says ‘the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few, pray to God to send workers into the harvest’.
Well, we are the workers!
Sowing and harvesting is not all about missionaries or handing out tracts on street corners; we are all part of God’s grand work, bringing hope in the work of salvation.
We are called to plant the seeds whenever and wherever possible. People may reject it, but we mustn’t reject it for them by not planting them.
Picture sowing in your garden - we watch over the seed but ultimately the seed knows what to do!
Nothing and no one offers the hope that Jesus brings.
We have still a way to go but let us learn to look with spiritual eyes, and remember we need to first UNMUTE.
‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace, as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.’