What one way will you personally increase Gospel Opportunities in 2010?
I gave an answer with some things I have planned through our relay center and, at the time, it sounded okay. But after the call had ended I really started thinking. Of course, the Gospel Opportunities she was referring to are shoeboxes. Each shoebox represents at least one person who will have the opportunity to hear the Good News, and in some cases each shoebox could reach up to 10 people. This is what motivates me to personally pack as many boxes as I can and to encourage others to do the same and I will continue doing that very thing this year.
But, this question hit home with me in a different way as well. As much as I love the ministry of Operation Christmas Child, I can't help but wonder if it fulfills my personal responsibility to reach the world around me. No matter how many shoeboxes I touch each year, I cannot personally share the gospel with even one of the children who will receive those boxes. Knowing this makes me thankful for the words of 1 Corinthians 3:7 ~ So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
Please don't misunderstand me. I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that God has called me to do what I do with the shoebox ministry. As a matter of fact, there have been few times in my life when I have been so sure that what I am doing is what God has called me to do.
But that question up there has been like a beacon flashing in my head since last night and it forces me to ask another question: what does God want me to do in my own back yard to personally share the Gospel with the people that I can see and touch and talk to? The truth is, I don't have an answer to that question ... at least not yet.
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Matthew 7:7-8
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:19-20