February 29, 2016 – Monday
Acts 20:24(b) (NIV) my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.
Romans 3:23(b)-24 (NIV) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
Have you ever felt compelled by the Holy Spirit to speak out even though you know it might cost you? After all, as public servants, we serve the government and the taxpayers, right? But as Christian public servants, should we not be bold and testify about the Good News?
Recently I had the opportunity to be on a local radio talk show. One of the topics was Edward Cornwallis, the founder of Halifax. You see, history hasn’t been kind to Cornwallis. He lived in another age in North American history. During the battle between French and English, Nova Scotia’s first people sided with the French, and Cornwallis issued a proclamation for their scalps. Many contemporary citizens call for the removal of his statue, as well as the removal of his name from a park, and several streets and churches, and even a river and a military base. When it comes down to it, Halifax is filled with the name of Cornwallis.
But at the radio station, I thought how everyone has fallen short of the mark by sin. I decided to be bold and testify to the Good News. So I said to the voting listeners that, if we dug back into the history of every human who ever lived in Nova Scotia, buried under every tombstone in Halifax, we’d learn all were imperfect. We’d know that all today are equally imperfect. Yet, by grace and grace alone through that ultimate sacrifice of Jesus, we are saved — just as Cornwallis was. I concluded my talk by reminding everyone that this is the reason for Easter!
I want people to know I truly am a Christian public servant, and I’m willing to be bold and testify publically despite potential political cost.
Today at work, remember the reason for the Lenten season. Sometime today, be bold and testify to someone about the Good News.
And fear not – your sacrifice could never match His!
Father God, I am but a frail human full of weakness. Yet, You sent Your Son to save me from this sinful world. Today at work, let me be bold and find opportunities to share the meaning of Lent. In your Son’s name, I pray. Amen!
City of Halifax
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada