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Mark 16:12-20

Jesus gives this clear and important command in Mark 16:15 "'Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. . .'" As I thought about this verse, it really hit me how it's not too difficult to get caught up in the busyness of life and lose sight of this important charge.

So what can we do to keep the proclaiming of Christ to our world a primary goal and focus as we go about our daily life? Tami W.

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Yesterday I attended a Catholic Funeral. I am no longer Catholic so before I went to the funeral, I did research about taking Communion. I know the truth so I knew in my heart that taking Communion at a Catholic Mass would be wrong for me to do. In my research I read that the Catholic Church does not allow non-Catholics to receive communion unless... and there were a list of exceptions. I did not take communion and felt no one cared or would notice anyway, but afterwards at the luncheon several people came up to me and said they noticed that I did not take communion. The discussion that followed turned into a great time of fellowship with like minded believers. So when I thought no one was paying attention, they were...I was proclaiming Christ and what God's word says without uttering a word myself. How many other actions have I taken thinking no one noticed when infact they are noticing when I proclaim Christ as my primary goal and focus as I go about my daily life....I hope there are many more to come.

You are very right in describing how easy it is to keep so busy in this world that we forget what a priority it is to share the gospel with others. Thanks for the reminder today that my eyes should be set on heavenly things and not on earthly things. My focus needs to be not on the "here and now" but on the "there and later".

I use religious symbols. I wear religious apperal (jewelry, caps, shoes, etc.), and I dipsay religious items (decals, calendars, etc.). Most importantly, I behave in accordance with teaching of the Bible. I very much dislike when people who present religious symbols, but their behavior doesn't reflect the teaching of Christ (ex: Someone with a fish on the back of their car yells obscenities and uses inappropriate gestures. Or a Christian who lies and steals. Or a Christian who gossips or contstantly judges others.) Why would a non-believer want to pursue a relationship with Christ if Christians act like this? I believe once we accept Christ as our Savior, we are required to behave according the teaching of the Bible. Christians still sin, we are not perfect like Christ. I pray for forgiveness when I sin and ask the Holy Spirit to help me recognize when I sin. I think it is hard at first, but it does get easier. It takes practice. In almost every situation now, I think before I say or do something. It is becoming automatic for me to think about what God wants me to do before I do anything. What helps me is that every time I sin, I make a note of it. At the end of the day when I pray, I go over each sin in my pray and ask forgiveness for the sins. After I pray, I look at the list and think about what I should do when the situation reoccurs. By putting God first in my life, my thought are first about Him. I guess that's what I'm really saying: If God is first in your life, your thoughts will automatically go to Him first.

I would like to see Billboards about Jesus everywhere.

I think we need to proclaim Christ whenever and wherever we can and are. I don't mean "preaching" to people, but one can proclaim Christ just by his/her actions. If Christ is in you, you should be able to see it.

Mary what a great story and great example. I try to live a quiet life and show a Christ-like example the best I can. If the opportunity presents itself I will share my faith - whether it be a simple statement or a longer discussion. I think living a life showing a Christ-like character the best we can goes a long way. As the old saying goes, we might be the only "Jesus" people will see.

So what can we do to keep the proclaiming of Christ to our world a primary goal and focus as we go about our daily life?

It is definitely a hard question to answer. I really don't have a good answer, but I think it all comes back to being with Jesus like the disciples were and as this scripture describes it is all done with Jesus. Jesus didn't command by saying, "Well work 40 hours a week and then volunteer for a good cause a few hours a week and then pray before you go to bed." It can't be a formula and I have the hardest time seeing this... I saw this saying the other day and have been thinking about it since: "We only ask you give one thing... All that you have!" So I think today not how much time we have left in the week from being busy, but how do we give all of our life over to Jesus?

I must put on the full armor of God. I need prayer to speak boldly and fearlessly as I should. I must read His Word. I must think only things that are true right noble pure lovely admirable excellent and praiseworthy. And as was mentioned live as I should in front of non believers. walk the talk. I also would love to see more billboards about faith and Jesus.

I like what rachel had to say about christians whose behavior does not reflect Christ. when you squeeze a tube of toothpaste, you do not get glue...you get toothpaste. when we are "squeezed" and pressured, what comes out? whatever is truly inside of you is what comes out when pressure is applied. so, that said, is God residing in your heart, or not???

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