When you leave the security of the building what do you take with you?
I’m not talking umbrellas on rainy days here nor smart suits for job interviews. It’s more of an attitude thing: what are we like and what values are we taking into everyday life?
Leaving a building is more than simply going out the door. It’s a step into a different world often far removed from our place of safety (home or church).
We may be going out like lambs amongst wolves (Luke 10:3) but, whatever the circumstances, it will mean that our values will be on the line if we are to remain true to ourselves.
Strictly speaking, we are limited at the moment to our daily 30 minutes of exercise. Whether it’s walking the dog, wandering through a park or out in your garden, it’s a breath of fresh air in more ways than one. It’s a narrow window of opportunity but a window nonetheless, whether it’s a bit of “me” time or using it to specifically help and encourage others.
At the moment, stepping out can seem like walking into uncertainty. Like the picture, the future is about as transparent as fog: we know it’s there but we can only see things through it in outline or in part. Walking out into the fog is not for the faint hearted: the path beneath us can be tricky and the way ahead unclear. Danger may lurk just around the bend or, is it coming up behind us?
We choose what we take or rather, as Christians, we choose who we take. We cannot begin to make Christ known unless we know Him for ourselves. The choice on who we take with us, begins with the decision over who we will commit to following.
Taking a step today is a very different journey when compared to where we have been. It is less certain but all the more necessary. Whatever we do in Christ’s name today, it is done out of love not duty. It is done that His Kingdom may come and that our personal ambitions or goals are taking a back seat.
We pray for others not because they have prayed for us but because we know that prayer changes circumstances and people – it’s changed us. We know that God is close:
The Lord will keep you from all harm - he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and for evermore. (Psalm 121:7 – 8)
May you truly know the peace and presence of God today, in your going out and your coming in.
Yours in the love of Christ