Last week at this time Ron and I enjoyed meeting lots of new people at Lipscomb University’s Summer Celebration. Like most large gatherings of Christians there were many inspiring keynote speakers, thought-provoking classes, and a variety of accents all proclaiming the name of Jesus. While the book of Joshua shined brightly as the theme of the weekend, the focus zeroed in on the importance of encouraging the next generation to become the new torch bearers. It seems more important than ever for parents and grandparents to step up and tell the younger generation all that God has done for them. They need to know the reason for our hope.
The ladies who stopped by the Perfection Road booth all confirmed the need to bring older women and younger women together. That gave me a great opportunity to talk about Everyday Heroes, but most especially they helped me understand the need to just take the time to listen to those older and younger so that we present a united front to Satan.
Recently, when thanking one of my good friend’s sons for his service in the army, he humbly told me they all just did what they had been trained to do.
In training for war, soldiers study the strategies and maneuvers of those in previous wars. They learn what works and what doesn’t. They learn to mesh new technologies with old battle plans to increase their chances for success. But most of all, in the time spent together soldiers learn to put aside petty differences and present the enemy with a powerfully united front that is determined to uphold freedom. Many times it’s age old wisdom mixed with fresh passion that creates a strong military presence.
The last two years I have visited a variety of churches and discovered that all us Jesus-followers are more alike than we are different. Wouldn’t it be a grand thing for Jesus’ prayer for unity in John 17 to be displayed in our lifetime! Imagine what could happen for the cause of Christ if young and old, rich and poor, suits and jeans could all present a united front to the world. What if we all truly listened to and loved each other the way we all claim to love Jesus? I believe the Holy Spirit is preparing our hearts for such a unity. My friends, trouble is here and his name is Satan. We need to cling to what is good, build each other up, hate what is evil and strike back with one mightily united blow. Do you have it in you? You do if you have the Holy Spirit!
Here’s a challenge for the week. Ask someone when and how they got to know God and then tell them your story. If they don’t know God, you get to introduce them. “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:14-15)