This morning I went to the local laundromat to wash a sleeping bag for our local clothing drive and I met a woman who thought Christmas was just a day. I didn’t say much, but I wished her a Merry Christmas. As I got in my truck I thought to myself, this woman needs at least a Christmas Card to maybe brighten her day. So I rushed home and got a card took it back to the laundromat and filled it out. I wished her a Merry Christmas and told her that Jesus truly loves her. I even invited her to our Christmas Eve Service and our church service on Sunday. I sealed the card and went in the building… Needless to say, she was gone before I could give her the card. I missed a perfectly good moment that God provided. I should have talked to her instead of rushing home.
Thats just like me to miss open opportunities that God gives me to tell people about Jesus. Sometimes we only have one moment to make a difference. People come and go in our lives, we pass others as we walk or wait in line at the store and each moment could be that moment when the Spirit moves us to talk to someone if we but listen to Him.
This situation reminds me of a passage in Romans 13, “As you do all this, you know what time it is the hour has already come for you to wake up from your sleep. Now our salvation is nearer than when we first had faith. The night is almost over, and the day is near. So let’s get rid of the actions that belong to the darkness and put on the weapons of light.”
“The hour has already come for you to wake up” is a striking warning. Our salvation is near not just to us who already believe, but for those who do not believe. Now I am not saying that this woman does not believe in Jesus, however she might not. Her salvation was truly near when I entered into that building. The Spirit could have placed us at that moment so that I could proclaim the Good News and she could have found salvation.
As believers we do not save anyone, however God uses us to bring salvation to people. Maybe this passage is not just about waking up to Jesus return, maybe it is about us to walk up and start spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Don’t wait to run home and grab a card, proclaim when you have the chance.
Throwing off the actors of the darkness is opening ourselves up to the moments that the Spirit prepares for us. Hopefully next time I will not be timid, but will be bold and tell someone about the love of Jesus Christ. Remember the night is almost over, our time is running out. If we do not proclaim God’s love in Jesus Christ, who will???