Live with Urgency by Brandi Ladd
The rush of the holiday season is upon us. Everyone is busy busy trying to plan parties, buy gifts, and get ready for family to come into town. It can be very easy to get wrapped up in the urgency of needing to plan and we forget about the urgency of the gift that Christmas is all about - the gift of Jesus and the life we have through Him. So as we’ve been approaching this New Year, the Lord has continually been putting the word URGENCY in my mind.
As I was trying to think when I became so aware of this word, I realized it was around a time where I was thinking about the freedom I have to talk about Jesus whenever and wherever I want.
Do I live my life like I have the most precious gift you will ever receive?
Do I miss out on opportunities because I’m too focused on whatever “urgent” task is at hand?
Do I miss out because I’m too busy looking at my phone or rushing to get to the next thing?
There are opportunities every day to be a light to those who are living in darkness.
Not only are we a light in attitude and action, we are the aroma of Christ. “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him. For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.” (2 Corinthians 2:14) How amazing is that? Everywhere we go we can leave the fragrance of Christ!
We are imperfect people, we will mess up, say the wrong thing, act in anger or frustration but we serve a God of grace because of the blood of Jesus. God will be glorified through our humility and repentance.
Each day we live draws us a day closer to being with God forever in heaven.
This is such an exciting and comforting truth. However, this also makes me so aware of all the lost souls in this world. All those living in darkness who don’t know this truth will not be comforted. Without Jesus, they will be in the darkness forever. This truth that we know, this gift we have received, must be shared. We need to be living our lives with a sense of urgency to share the message of the Gospel.