Daily Delight

Monday, July 20, 2015

I think I’m the only one who listens to the flight attendant's safety demonstration on airplanes. They are standing there, giving passengers information that could save their lives. But when you look around, others are texting, already asleep, or reading.

But not me. I don't care how many times I've seen the safety demonstration. I will definitely know what to do if the plane goes down. Most of the time I want to get everyone's attention. I want to wake them up, snatch their phones, and slam their books shut. I want to say, "Don't you see? The attendant is trying to save your life!" But, I don't. I listen, take mental notes, and prepare to be the only passenger that makes it out alive. But I don't say anything. If I did, I'd look crazy. I'd appear to be overreacting. No one would understand my urgency.

Doesn’t this sound like our evangelical lives? There are people standing up and teaching others how to be saved, but the world pays no attention. They’ve heard this message a hundred times and have grown numb to the instruction. Then there are those that are paying attention. We are sitting quietly, taking notes, and making sure we’re saved. 

But God calls us to get people's attention and to bring urgency to the message of Christ. How often do we hold back, afraid of what others will think? I'm guilty of it for sure. So, today, with courage through Christ, I will "go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit" (Matthew 28:19). 

Will you join me?

{photo: @elissagram}

About the Author

Vanessa Lumby is passionate about women’s ministry and feels called to write and teach. She is encouraged by powerhouses of faith like Jennie Allen and Christine Caine.  She has started writing at vanessalumby.blogspot.com, a site dedicated to encouraging women in their faith and marriage. She would pick a good book over her cell phone any day, and would describe herself as the friend you call for coffee when you want to talk about matters of the heart. She is married to Jacob, the brilliant mind behind cashcowcouple.com, and lives happily and frugally in Texas.


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