Date: Thursday, Jan. 2
Mission Partner: Mission Board, written by Adam Obrecht, board member
Scripture: 1 Peter 2:9b
“For you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.”
Commitment can be used in many different settings, from professional, athletics, personal and obviously spiritual. But what does it mean to be committed? For me it is the daily struggle to keep focused on God and his works in my life. To me, being committed to God means to be a messenger or a vessel for him to use in my interactions with others. When I do get this right it just puts a smile on my face to see how God can use someone for his work. I have been involved in many different mission opportunities in the community, whether it is serving food, talking with someone about their financial struggles, serving as part of a host committee, or taking pictures. I get a front row seat to see how God is using me and others to bring light into this world.
One of my favorite times to see this is taking pictures at events. While I am not a great photographer, I enjoy finding unique and subtle happenings in the church during large events. During the Christmas services I am amazed to always be able to find a child holding grandpa’s hand or a reflection of someone during the candle light song and to see the pure joy that is in someone’s face during these times.
Another area I have been able to serve is helping families deal with financial hardships. While it is tougher to find joy in the initial conversations I have with families, I get to see a transformation start to happen. Once a family has committed to look for ways to improve their situation you know their process to improvement has begun. Then as time passes, and sometimes it is a long time that passes before you get to see the change happen, you can see the change from despair to hope happen. The years it can take families to make changes can seem like a dark time for them. When additional issues come up for them it is easy to not stay focused on the long term and only remember that the car needs repaired or how do I find another job.
Following Christ out of the darkness is not an easy task. There are many distractions that can bring us to not keep our commitment on him. For me seeing how he is working in others’ lives is how I can keep my own focus and commitment to Christ daily.