Running A Rescue Shop Within A Yard Of Hell

In the past sixteen months or so, I have not had a church. I’m still a Christian… I’m still a Pastor… I just don’t have a pulpit.
During this time, God has taught me something very valuable. As I Pastor, I have lived my life in a little bubble. As I Pastor, I was, for the most part, always around church people. And because of this, I was kind of cut off from the world.
But in the last sixteen months, God has taken me outside of my bubble and has shown me the real world. At first, I admit, it shook me. But, I’ve tried to be a witness in the workplace and I’ve enjoyed it. But I’ve learned a lot.
This is a tough world…. lots of people are skeptical about church… about preachers….about religion. So, what do we do?
Some Christians and some Pastors kind of want to withdraw from the world. Their mindset may be, “Let’s just leave the world alone… It’s a tough world..” But is that the right approach? Yes, the world is tough. No doubt about that. But does that mean we just withdraw from it? No, it doesn’t. The only way we can share the love of the Christ with the world is to be in the world…
In Romans 15:20, Paul talked about his calling. Remember that Paul was a rising star in the Jewish faith before he was converted. Then, after his conversion, God told him, his mission was to take the gospel to the Gentiles. Paul says,
“My ambition has always been to preach the Good News where the name of Christ has never been heard, rather than where a church has already been started by someone else.”
I love that verse. That’s our calling as Christians to. We are to share the gospel… share the love of Christ, with those who haven’t heard.
Christian, I encourage you to get in the world. Intentionally get involved in groups that force you to take the gospel to the world.
Years ago, English preacher C.T. Stud said;
“Some want to live within the sound of church and chapel bell;
I want to run a rescue shop Within a yard of hell.”
Join me in sharing the love of Jesus in a skeptical world.

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