Walking with Christ is an individual journey. However, it is also one of engagement. Regardless of what the world chooses to do, Christians are charged to have a relationship with God and his followers and witness to the lost. This is something Jesus taught us, through His earthly ministry.
For example, while on Earth, Jesus had an individual mission of salvation to complete. Yet, He never kept the focus on himself or the mission alone. To the contrary, Jesus knew that God’s mission for him also involved those he was sent to save.
Though he always spent time with the Father, Jesus also went out among the people. For example, he befriended and comforted, taught, and proclaimed God’s word. During his mission, he was hated, mistreated, and falsely accused, but Jesus fulfilled his mission faithfully.
Like Jesus, we can fulfill the mission that is before us. Though some of us may not have to die for our faith, we can still choose die to our old life. For instance, we can allow the word of God to discipline us, and we can take counsel from the Holy Spirit. Then, we may answer the call to minister to the needs of others.
As we are a comforter or counselor to someone else, it will never be about us but about the mission God has given us. Being mindful of this will strengthen us, when we are persecuted for our faith. Even so, let us be faithful to God and our mission.
1 John 3:17 But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
Matthew 28:19-20 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always to the end of the age.