By Tim Wesemann
In 2007, the government announced it had taken the bald eagle off the endangered species list. That’s great news! Still, many different plants and animals remain on that list.
I’ve always wondered whether the endangered species list goes far enough. For example, what about lists for endangered people? Lists like that would include rare individuals like these:
- Those content with their lives
- Those living with a sure and confident hope
- Those secure in their financial situation
- Those confident about their future
- Those who enjoy life’s blessings
- Those certain of their salvation
The number of people on many of those lists, especially the last one, could easily outnumber the endangered plants and animals on any government list! Does your name appear in any of the categories above - or maybe all of them? If so, praise the Lord, who has worked these rare qualities in you! Do you know people whose names would not appear in any of the categories above? It’s likely. And it’s also easy to walk right by the hurting, hopeless, and fearful people all around us, feeling inadequate to help.
We also have plenty of opportunities to add people to these lists. Hebrews 12:15 (NLT) encourages all of us as children of God:
Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God.
Do you read these words as convicting or compelling?
Recently I’ve listened to several people recount stories of sharing their faith at work. It’s obvious from their enthusiasm and newfound confidence that sharing Christ has made their work experience more exciting, an adventure, even. They enjoy their growing relationships with co-workers, and they sense God at work through them, adding purpose to their daily occupations.
As the Holy Spirit grows our faith, as he strengthens us through his Word, and as we spend time with other believers, we realize a new confidence and a new urgency for sharing Christ’s hope-filled news with a hurting world. As children of God, we soar as we share our Lord and the salvation he won for us. We want others to see what we see and know what we know, namely the world’s Savior, Jesus Christ.
Prayer starter: Responding to your grace and salvation, Lord, give me joy and confidence in sharing your life-giving news with . . .
Editor’s note: For more devotions regarding Christians in the workplace, check out CTA’s book Faith That Works.
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