It is that time again. Twice a year the world comes to our town to smell burning racing fuel and rubber laid down on concrete. Yes, I am talking about the half mile, left turn only, paper clip track known as Martinsville Speedway.
But here’s the kicker: I don’t go to the track for the races or to watch the girls or to watch all the different kinds of people that NASCAR draws. The reason I go to the track is to have conversations with all those different people. My prayer is that our team of volunteers with Raceway Ministries will have lots of conversations about Jesus.
Acts 20:24 (nlt)
But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.
Take a look at a website that Frances Chan has pointed people to. It is called "Just Stop and Think" and is a 15 minute video presentation of the gospel. I am not a surfer, and we don’t live in California. But the story that Chan shares hits close to home with people who are searching for meaning in life.
I remind each of us that we are given several opportunities to talk to people about Jesus every day. We must take those moments. Seize opportunities letting Jesus’ story flow through us. Some people we cannot talk to, but we can send them a link to a website. Our prayer should be that God will use the internet and a multi-media presentation to speak to someone.
We are called to share His story, and that is what I am committed to at the Martinsville Speedway this weekend. Thousands of people come to town, and Jesus is walking among them (in Spirit and in us). Our opportunity is to share and help point people to Jesus. We're gonna do just that.
Pray for conversations to happen, for people to be saved, for the saved to be encouraged and for doors to be open where we can talk to many people.
This can happen each day in our lives. Point people to Jesus. Be creative in how you do that.
One of our most important core values at The Community Fellowship is that we are to get the attention of our community and while we have their attention, tell them about Jesus. Whether we have their attention for 5 seconds, 5 minutes or 50 minutes. The message is all about Jesus.
Colossians 3:17 (niv)
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 4:5 (nlt)
Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity.
NOTE: much to today’s post was first shared in October of 2007. Pray for ministry and conversations happening this weekend at Martinsville Speedway through Raceway Ministries or wherever Jesus’ is talked about.