A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb
Robert Murray M’Cheyne, a Scottish pastor who went home to be with the Lord at age twenty-nine, would tell his parishioners that believers should “…live so as to be missed.” As Christians, our lives are to be a living testimony of the transforming power of Jesus Christ. We must be good news before we can effectively share the good news.
1 Thessalonians 4:1 states, “Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more.” The Apostle Paul is telling believers to live in a manner that pleases God and acts like a magnet, drawing others to the Savior through our words and actions. We are never to tone down the exclusive truth claims of Christianity and try to make them less offensive. But, we are not to be offensive or disrespectful as we share the gospel. Like the saints in the early church, we must commit ourselves to pursuing personal and spiritual integrity with the goal of pointing others to the Savior before His return.
The time to think about how we are living and the type of impact we are having on others is now, not later. Whether God gives you twenty-nine years or ninety-nine years to serve Him, we should live every day for the glory of God!