Sermon "Skill in Your Hand & God in Your Heart"

Thursday, March 3, 2016

The Only One in the Room

My Morning Prayer...
Good morning Lord. Thank You for another day. Though it was necessary, I hate that I had to cancel Bible Study this week. I am always grateful to You for the opportunities You give me to teach Your word in Bible Study, Sunday School, and from the pulpit. I am humbled by the privilege, and I can't wait for the chance to teach again.
Lord, I noticed something interesting one day. Some time back, I attended the funeral of a fellow employee. She worked in a department under my supervision, but I really didn't know her. But I wanted to pay my respects. Not to mention, at the end of a long, stressful week, I thought some time sitting in church would do me some good. The church was filled to overflow, so I had to sit in the fellowship hall with many other people. It was an Episcopal church, so the service was very reverent and serene. I was blessed by the relatively quiet reading, meditations and prayers as I read along in the liturgy. But Lord my meditation was momentarily interrupted as I looked around this room full of people and noticed that I was the only....well...the only none-white person in the room. I wasn't startled by my observation, nor did it trouble me at all. I just noticed it. I did wonder for a second did any one else in the room notice it too.
That just got me thinking Father, that though that happens sometimes, it is a rare occasion that I am the only anything in a particular room full of people. I guess every now and then at work, the only male in a room, but that's rare too. Now years ago, that may have bothered me more, or made me feel uncomfortable or nervous, but I suppose as I have matured, grown more settled in myself and more confident in You, it doesn't bother me when it does happen. But Lord, what I do want to be more prepared for is when I am the only Christian in a room.
As the world goes and as Your words tell us, I believe that it will become more and more likely that I will find myself being the only Christian in a room than the only anything else. I don't mean the only church goer or church member, but the only sold-out disciple of Christ. Though I have my own family, my church family, and many true Christian friends and co-laborers in the kingdom, I do believe I will come across more and more instances of being a lone-believer. And now that I think about it, I guess if I truly dedicate my life to doing what you have called all of us as Christians to do, which is to "go ye therefore and make disciples of all nations", then I should expect it. If I only surround myself with Christians or only walk in circles where everyone is already saved, then how can I possibly reach the lost? Jesus purposefully walked into many situations where He was surrounded by those who were not only unbelieving, but also hostile to what He was teaching; so why shouldn't I?
Lord, thank You for reminding me that whenever in a group I feel like the only one, I am never alone. Jesus is awesome, and I want to be just like Him. In His name I pray, amen!