Setting Up

August 4, 2010
by Julie Bowles

2 Corinthians 5:18 – All this newness of life is from God, who brought us back to himself through what Christ did. And God has given us the task of reconciling people to Him. (NLT)

I am a people observer. By that, I mean that in crowds and situations with lots of people, I like to stand back and observe. We recently arrived early at our campsite for our stay; we were all set up when the others around us began to arrive to set up their campsites. As I observed from my hammock — yes, I like to observe people in comfort — I noticed that each person had a job in setting up their camp. I was able to observe three different sets of people setting up, and whether it was pitching a tent or trailer or blowing up air mattresses, it was apparent to me that each person had a role, they seemed to know what that role was, and they went about doing it. It did not take each of them a lot of time to get set up, and before I knew it, they were sitting and enjoying their campsites.

Jesus also had a role, a job to do, when He came to this earth. Through His wonderful life, His sacrificial death on the cross, and His triumphant resurrection, He was setting up His kingdom on earth so that all may come to know Him.

John 6:44 – You're not in charge here. The Father who sent me is in charge. He draws people to me — that's the only way you'll ever come. Only then do I do my work, putting people together, setting them on their feet, ready for the End. (MSG)

Until then, we all, who are in a relationship with Jesus, have a role — we are to sow seeds that will bring others into a relationship with Him. Just as each person had a job in the setting up of the campsite, we have a job to witness as to who Jesus is for us. We are not here just to set up a life for ourselves, but to live for things eternal.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, we are so thankful that You came that we could come to know You. Help us to be observant and to lead others into a relationship with You. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Julie Bowles <julieanni@rogers.com>
Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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