Sunday, September 20, 2009

Know Him and make Him known.

These words to a chorus have been stuck in my head all week,

"All of life boils down to just one thing
to know Him and make Him known"

I don't know if it is because of the series I am preaching or because I turned 51 this past Friday, but I have really been focused on those words. 

The series is called ONE and has really challenged me with the idea of staying focused on the "one things" that are most important. The opportunities that I have each day to live out those words. Each day God gives me "ones." It might be one touch, one conversation, one encounter or one experience. All designed to give me a chance to know Him better and make Him known to this world. I am most alive when I am allowing myself to be used to reflect Him to the world. That's what I think Paul meant when in Eph. 2:10 he said:

"For we are God's workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance or us to do"

The prophet Jeremiah wrote "For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord..." Paul tells us what that plan is. We are here to do good works. What is the good work we are here to do? See the words to the song. 

We are here to know Him and work like crazy to make sure as many people as we can know Him too. How do we do that? By seizing the many "one" opportunities He gives us. It really is that simple.

What about turning 51? The fact is as I get older I realize that my window to achieve the above is getting smaller. After all I am closer to 100 than I am to 0 (that's an ugly thought) and I have fewer years left to do what He has prepared for me to do. I told someone the other day that all I have ever wanted was a chance to win. A chance to make a significant impact. As each year passes I know that my "one" opportunities get fewer. I just want to make the most of each day I am given. I want to make the most of my "ones."

Will you join me in making the most of your "ones?" Make that one call. Take that one step. Have that one conversation. Reach out to the ones He puts in your path that need to know Him. I hope the words to that song resonate in your head and heart like they have in mine. Together we can make Him known, one person, one touch at a time!

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