Good morning on this cold day! Scoffers in this day seem to have powerful voices. You see them on the television and hear them on the radio. The voices of scoffing speak to a large audience. The pulpit of scoffing starts from a high place speaking down to the masses. Our little voices seem small and weak in comparison to the talking heads scoffing at our belief.
Rules are heaped upon you. If you teach, then you cannot speak of your faith to the students. At your workplace proselytizing becomes a dirty word. Church things are to be spoken only in church. Matters of belief do not belong in business. You have heard them all and wondered, "How am I supposed to witness in this?"
The world seems to overwhelm us with rules, scoffing voices, and other assaults...and you thought we lived in a land free of persecution. Yes, we may have picked up something like that from another Christian. I have heard it, that talking head on the Christian program telling us how nice we have it in America. The persecution is not physical in the sense of jail and killing, so the devil must be leaving us alone here in this land of privilege. Hmm, why do I feel the attack in my mind and body then? Why do you not feel as though the Christian life is one of ease and perfect tranquility? If we have it so great, why do so few want to believe in Jesus?
Good news! The best witness is a life lived in Christ. You may not be able to open your mouth, or type an e-mail speaking of Christ at your workplace, but people do see you. The Christian life speaks without words as the world compares one to another. Why are you content in your position? Why do you thank God for all that you have now? Why did that fellow build up another worker in place of promoting himself? Why didn't she use that mistake by her coworker to bring about an advancement in her career? The world will ask these questions and much more when they see the Christian life on display.
Why did you and I forgive the wrong done to us in the workplace? Because Jesus told us to, and we love to do what Jesus says! Jesus also told us one thing that applies when the world seems to overwhelm with its loud voices - John 16:33: "I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world."Praise God for the new day!