A lifelong thing.
Did we start well, but fail to live for Christ consistently in such a way that we will be able to finish well? That’s been on my heart today.
Perhaps the greatest Christian apologist of our time has completed his work on earth. Though I never met him, Ravi Zacharias impacted my life greatly with his ministry. I know he did the same for countless others around the world. I am so saddened to hear of his passing for our sake, but rejoice greatly for his.
I couldn’t help but think that this quote was lived out by Ravi in such a way that his legacy will continue to reach people for Christ in generations to come. He took as much care in preparing his own household to meet Jesus, as he did the world leaders and dignitaries. He ministered to the college campuses and business world alike. His audience was filled with every kind of people. Christians, Hindu, atheist, Buddhist, Muslim, those with any religion and those with none just to name a few. He ministered to all of them with the same enthusiasm. He ministered to some of the most intelligent people on this planet the same as he ministered to me. He answered the hard questions from all with truth and wisdom. I can’t help but think of Paul when thinking of Ravi, because he truly lived out what Paul said of himself:
“To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.”
1 Corinthians 9:22 KJV
Are we willing to do the same? To become all things to all men that some would be saved? Or are we not willing to get uncomfortable for Christ’s sake?
Are we willing to get uncomfortable in our Bible study so we can have the hard conversations?
Are we willing to get uncomfortable in our prayer life so we can be prepared to seize every opportunity to minister ?
Are we willing to get uncomfortable in our fasting to be prepared for the things that only come through prayer and fasting?
Are we willing to get uncomfortable in our conversations with people who don’t believe in anything, or who have dedicated their lives to a false god, so they might be saved?
Are we willing to stretch our brains to the point of exhaustion to gain as much knowledge and wisdom concerning God as we possibly can so we will be prepared to minister on ANY level?
Are we willing to be uncomfortable in learning about other world views and religions so that we are equipped to win anyone to Christ?
Are we willing to get uncomfortable and put our pride aside to show love to everyone by telling them the truth?
Are we willing to get uncomfortable in order to change the world? That’s what the Lord is calling us to.
Your world changing may look nothing like Jesus, or Paul, or Ravi. It doesn’t mean you weren’t called to change the world though. Start by changing YOUR world for Christ like these men did, and the rest will become a legacy that lives on for generations.
If you started well, but haven’t been consistent, now is the time. Pick your self back up, and call on Jesus to get you back on track.
Do the work. Get uncomfortable. And above all else, be sure the goal of finishing well is a lifelong thing day in and day out, until your race is run.
Hang on saints, Jesus is coming. ❤️
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