By Wayne Braudrick

“Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.”
(2 Timothy 4:2 NASB)

Carpe Diem
Our church recently enjoyed its annual missions festival – a remarkable celebration of our missionaries and their work around the world. Thousands of lives are changed every year through their dedicated ministry, and it’s an honor to highlight their labor. We also learn about our upcoming mission trips and remind ourselves that each of us is a missionary in our society. In fact, this year’s festival focused on our lives as Jesus’ sent people in our own area, and Sunday morning I witnessed a marvelous example…

Josiah Rogers serves as one of our missionaries, leading Bible studies for and sharing Christ with students at the University of North Texas through Great Commission Ministries (GCM). On Sunday morning, I spied Josiah at his booth. He beamed at me and said:

Wayne, a high school girl just came by to chat. It was her first time to ever come to church and she wanted to talk about college. She noticed the photographs on our table and asked to see how we use them to share the gospel of Jesus. I demonstrated, and she shared that she had always wanted to be a Christian. However, she was worried about what would happen if she trusted Jesus and then later did wrong. I was able to explain the true doctrine of justification by grace to her. She then sat in the chair here and prayed her belief in Jesus.

All I could say was “praise God.” And as I walked away, I prayed that each of us would be that ready to live out who we really are – the ambassadors of Jesus.

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