So this week Pastor Rich and Pastor Rudy co-preached a sermon for Easter Sunday as we had a bi-lingual service. It was a great thing to experience and be a part of. And although I really don’t understand a lick of Spanish, I am proud to be a part of a congregation that uses the gifts and talents of its people and is trying to reach out more than one people group.
In a way that is what the sermon was about too. It was stated in the sermon that our lives are filled with meaning and what we do in this life is important to God. I believe this to be 100% true.
God has given us each talents, gifts, hobbies, things we enjoy and more…and he wants us to use all of that to the best of our ability. We are created as unique individuals. God wants us to enjoy this life and bless others while doing so. Even the things that seem minor to us, sometimes God can use them when least expected.
I experienced that this week. I was able to go to the Columbus Blue Jackets vs Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game yesterday. As a CRAZY-WACKO SPORTS FANATIC it was awesome to say the least. Sports is a hobby for me. It is something I enjoy to the fullest. Although I am not sure what role God played in making me like this, if any at all, I do believe that He can use it for His glory.
As we were driving to the arena one of the people in the car, all of whom knew I was a Christian, looked over at me and asked if I could pray for a family member of theirs. I won’t mention the details due to the fact that it was asked to be kept private. I was a bit shocked at first, then realized how cool of an opportunity that was. I listened, I affirmed their thoughts, and I agreed to pray for them and the family. The point being is that having the chance to bless someone else and glorify God in the process can come in the least likely of places and through the oddest of avenues. My love of sports and being who God created me to be provided that opportunity to be used by God.
Are lives are filled with meaning and even the little things we do are important to God. Enjoying our life now is a good thing. God cares about it and so should we. Because of the Resurrection we have a purpose. Without it our lives as believers would be a meaningless existence. Because Christ came back from the dead, we now have a reason to carry on. That reason is to share the gospel.
We are to share that good news with everyone we know. It may appear in small forms. It may take time. It may be just planting seeds. But even a prayer for a family member of someone may brighten up their day and they may come to realize that their life has value too. And maybe even if we enjoy the little things like our hobbies, it will allow the Holy Spirit to use us in ways we never thought possible.