It’s the story of a perfect world ruined by an evil villain. It’s the story of a promise, given after our first parents chose a false narrative, that a hero would come and suffer and make things right. It’s the story of how the Creator became a man and sacrificed everything, dying only to emerge victorious over sin and death itself. It’s a story with an ending yet to come—a resolution where everything is made new and tears are no more.
Each of these is a good thing. But if we think everything is evangelism, we may not be doing any evangelism. I find it helpful to differentiate between three types of interactions: good deeds, outreach, and evangelism. Understanding the differences between them will help us do each for the glory of God, and allow us to make proclaiming the good news of Christ our ultimate goal.
The religious life sometimes feels like trying to hold a beach ball underwater. Every once in a while, we lose control, and that sin nature wriggles free and pops up, sometimes several feet in the air—metaphorically speaking. It’s embarrassing, so we grab and shove it back down under the water, trapped in the performing and pretending.
I really love making these videos for work:
As I run from meeting to meeting, battling my growing to-do list, and falling further behind, I wonder: what is my busyness costing not only me but the people around me? What evidences of God’s work am I too busy to notice? How is busyness robbing me of presence in the community where God has placed me?