Let Your Light Shine
Optional Scripture: Romans 15:4-13 (lectionary text)
Most of you know that I am a Biker and a member of the Christian Motorcyclists Association (CMA). We are an organization formed to ‘Save the world one heart at a time.’ We do it through Evangelism of many kinds. The theme for this Advent season is:
Jesus said, “You are the light of the world…let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” Mathew 14a, 16a
I spend most of my free time doing just that – letting my light shine – by being present at events where I can share the Gospel to a lost and dying world. As it says in Romans 15:9b ‘As it is written, “Therefore I will confess you among the Gentiles, and sing praises to your name.”‘ CMA has organized efforts at the large rallies like Daytona Bike Week, Myrtle Beach, Laconia and Sturges Bike Weeks. We have Store Front Ministry Centers, Tents scattered throughout the venue and individuals walking through the grounds looking for ways to minister. We also go to the local events that are put on by the Motorcycle Clubs here at home and in the neighboring towns that raise money for worthy causes.
Every spring and fall we have a Coffee Break at the Georgia Welcome Center at Exit 1 on I-95 North during the weekend that the Daytona Rallies are over. As the Bikers are going home from the rally, we are there to meet their needs as they stop at the rest area. We have a trailer and a tent to give out coffee, donuts, water, hot dogs, Bibles, tracts & smiles. We greet them as they park and invite them to our tent for refreshment. They ask how much it costs and we tell them ‘it is free like salvation!’
One day while working the stop, a man stopped by just for a bottle of water. After talking to him I gave a Bible to him before he headed away to his home in New York State. A couple of years later, he stopped back to tell me that he had gone back home and had some troubles catch up with him. He remembered the Bible and started reading it. He called the number on the back to our CMA National headquarters in Hatfield, Arkansas, and talked to one of the staff there. He was lead to the Lord and accepted Jesus as his Savior! He told me, “Don’t ever stop what you do!” That makes the effort I put forth worthwhile! Hallelujah!
Remember that you can witness as you go and people will be saved!
Romans15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.