GROWING UP, I assumed Jesus’ call to share the gospel meant I would travel across the ocean to a secluded village on the fringes of contemporary society. I figured I would have had extensive language training and given up my creature comforts. I watched in admiration – and perhaps envy – when I read of missionaries traveling around the world. “One day I’ll be able to do that,” I thought.
Over time, I came to see that sharing the good news of Jesus is not so clear-cut. Sometimes we don’t even need to use words or take action. Sometimes we just need to be with people. most important, we don’t have to travel very far.
Reflection question: What excuses or fears keep you from being the grace of Jesus to the people around you?
– Disciplines 2015
From the reading for April 18 by Maria Kane, page 120 in The Upper Room Disciplines 2015: A Book of Daily Devotions. Copyright © 2014 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
What excuses or fears keep you from being the grace of Jesus to the people around you? Share your thoughts.
We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us–and we ought to lay down our lives for one another.
1 John 3:16, NRSV
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