It’s that time of year again. Leaves are falling, apple cider and pumpkin spice lattes are flowing aplenty, and it’s Fair season! I have always loved fairs. They combine three of my favorite things: food, animals, and people. There is just something about the fair atmosphere that refreshes my soul and brings me joy.
If you frequent fairs like my wife and I do, you see a lot of people…but do you ever think about the many souls are there? Do you ever think about where those souls are going? Too often I don’t think about these things. I’m just there for the free pens and good food. You see, the very thing that God has always called his people to is the very thing I so often ignore. God’s people have always been called to be set apart to proclaim Him, His ways, and His glory among the nations. He promises Abraham in Genesis 22 that through his offspring the nations would be blessed. Paul reminded the church in Colossae of what God called them to in Christ. As God’s chosen people we are called to put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience among other things.
What’s my point? My point is God has put us among the nations and given us an explicit command to “bless” the nations. Too often we end up looking just like everyone else. We seek comfort. We keep to ourselves not wanting to bother anyone or be bothered. We argue and bicker over politics (as if Jesus were attached to a political party). We are too often concerned with being right rather than listening to someone else’s story. Too often, our version of the Gospel looks a lot more like the American dream rather than a Savior who bids us come and die.
All this to say I love the people of God. I see the family of God doing some amazing things, not the least of which is reaching out to their neighbors and proclaiming the Gospel of the of Kingdom of Jesus Christ. Despite the negative media the Church receives, I see the people of God being His body, and it’s beautiful. So will you love your neighbors around the world as well as across the street, and care about their eternal destiny? Will the “nations be blessed” by you?