My first thought when I woke up this past Sunday was how the people in the village of Nkwanta, Ghana were going about their day. Based upon my previous trips there I knew that there were many preparing to worship in their local church. Most of them walked, some rode bikes or “moto’s” (small motorcycle’s), and some walked and carried their chairs with them. And as they went they passed by countless others going about their normal routines; routines of life without Christ.
I thought about the diversities and similarities of our cultures. As I drove my car to worship Sunday morning I too passed numerous people doing life without Christ. Our lives here are not so different from the lives of our Christian brothers & sisters across the world.
Our job in Ghana will be to coordinate and lead short-term mission teams. These teams will aid local Christians to reach those people they are passing every day. You see, Obroni’s (foreign people) are a bit of a novelty there. And because Obroni’s are a novelty they are very frequently asked “why did you come here?”. Has there ever been a better question asked to serve up an opportunity to share Christ with someone? I think not!
But what about here where you and I live? Here, our lives should be lived differently from the world so that people will ask us “Why do you go to Church every Sunday? I noticed you don’t use four letter words, why is that? Why did you give that person money, you know they are just going to go buy a bottle of booze with it? Why didn’t you defend yourself when that person made fun of you?” You get the point! We should live differently from the world and our lives should cause people here to ask why. And then the door is open to share what Jesus did in your life, and how Jesus can change their lives too. Let’s live differently!
At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison—that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.
Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. – Colossians 4:3-5