Good Samaritan’s In The shopping Centers of Life – Sunday Thought For The Day
Sometimes I park near the entrance and wait in the car while my wife goes into a store. Such was the occasion the other day. As I sat waiting for her, I observed dozens upon dozens and dozens of people going in and out of this particular store.
They were people of every description, every size, weight and income bracket. I observed every combination of family, e.g., mothers with children, fathers and daughters, parents with infants, entire families, individuals, groups of friends laughing and talking as they entered and exited the store. There young and there were old. Some needed assistance walking. One couple was pushing their little dog in a baby stroller.
As I sat observing this hive of energy and constant motion, I wondered as I often do, how many of them if asked where they were spending eternity would be able to truthfully say they would spend it heaven with the Lord; because they had accepted Christ as their personal Savior.
I wondered how many would not see the next day or how many would suffer injury and/or loss that very day? I wondered how many would suffer a family crisis in the upcoming days or weeks? I wondered how many needed a kind word; how many were carrying personal burdens and/or felt as if no one cared? I wondered how many would caught up together in the air with the Lord should He have returned while we were all there shopping?
As I often do, I thought about reaching the people at that shopping venue with the word of God and the message of salvation that can only come through Christ Jesus? I often think about those things when I am in a store or waiting for my wife as I was that day. I think about the same thing when I am driving and observe people hurrying back and forth.
Those of us who profess Christ as our Savior, should view those venues as Jesus did when He said: “Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” (John 4:35 KJV)
Imagine the difference we could make in communities if every single one of us looked for the opportunity to share of the Lord with one person a day. What an impact we could make in our communities if we took Jesus out of the church and into the streets and stores. It is not up to others to share Christ with people, it is up to you and I. It is up to you and I to be “Good Samaritan’s” in the parking lots and shopping centers of life by sharing Jesus Christ. If we commit to do that, I know for a fact that God will bring us amazing opportunities to reach people in His name.
8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here