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Saturday, March 28, 2009

A Challenge from 6,200 Feet

Colorado Springs may be 6,200 feet closer to Heaven than sea-level communities, but it isn’t Heaven. Sure, hundreds of Christian organizations are headquartered here and worshipers fill churches small and big every Sunday; but crime, family breakdown, and antichristian sentiment are also part of the city’s social fabric. Christians in Colorado Springs, as in communities across America, don’t have to look far for opportunities to spread salt and light.

The other day, an electrician installed some lighting in our basement. I learned he is a Christian. While having breakfast at a local restaurant recently, I overheard two brokers discuss their business. When their food arrived, they bowed their heads, and one of them audiblly gave thanks. Yesterday, I sent a box of books to a pastor in Atlanta. The manager of the UPS store had a devotional guide at the weigh scale. A Christian radio station was inviting listeners to attend an historic church where I have preached.

It seems wherever I go in Colorado Springs I meet Christians. They fill a variety of occupational roles, but each is responsible to represent Christ in the world of work. First Peter 1:1 uses the word “Dispersion” or “scattered” to identify a large number of first-century Christians. The word refers to the scattering of seed of biblical times. God has scattered His people strategically in your community and mine. We don’t all work for the same company or pursue the same occupation, but we share the same calling—to make Christ known. As our nation slips farther from biblical values and morals and sinks into spiritual ignorance, let’s bloom where God has planted us.


Olson Family said...

Amen! Thank you for this timely word!

God bless you, Jim!

Cheryl said...

I think it was St. Francis who said - "Preach the gospel daily. Use words if necessary." A good way to be Christ in the world, wherever we are, whatever we're doing.