A sign like the graphic above is posted near the doors on the way out of the sanctuary in my church. It is a reminder that sharing Christ with the world is not a task only for those who travel away from home to do it as a full-time job. It is not a task only for those who go into a “hostile” culture. It is a task for all who would follow Him, but it is not an easy task.
In Matthew 10:27, during a speech about enduring shame and persecution, Jesus tells His disciples: “What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.” For every disciple from then until eternity, this is an encouragement to public Christianity. The world, including your neighborhood, workplace, and everywhere you go, is the mission field.
What has Jesus taught you “in the dark”? In church? In your private Bible study and prayer? In books, blogs, podcasts, or anything else you do in private?
Proclaim on the housetops, though words and actions, how God has blessed you privately. Don’t keep Him in the dark, but bring Him into the light.
Christianity isn’t Vegas. What happens in church or in private, shouldn’t always stay in church or in private, and when you’re done reading this post, you just may be entering the mission field.