“Give me one ping, and one ping only please.” A line from the movie, “Hunt for Red October”, I like to say in my best, which isn’t that good, Sean Connery voice. I have always been intrigued by submarines, and Red October is a large, Russian, ballistic missile loaded one. It fascinates me how they knew where they were before the use of a computerized guidance systems.
Some followers of Jesus Christ could be called, “Submarine Christians”. By that, I mean they stay undetected as they move about when it comes to their faith in God. They might raise their periscope, every once in a while and take a look around to see if it is safe to surface. They have their personal reasons for not being detected, most likely out of some degree of fear. In the movie, “Red October”, the enemy on paper turned out to be their ally, and helped them achieve their goal.
God, through his word, encourages us not to hide our faith. In fact, there are several verses that direct us to shine bright. Here is one of them:
“Your lives light up the world. Let others see your light from a distance, for how can you hide a city that stands on a hilltop? 15 And who would light a lamp and then hide it in an obscure place? Instead, it’s placed where everyone in the house can benefit from its light.” Mat. 5:14-15 (TPT)
People who are far from God need to see him, they need to hear him. They need to find him, in us. You never know where hurting, or lost people are unless you look them in the face and listen to the words they say. People who need God do give clues, if you are paying attention, if you are hunting.
Instead of computers guiding us, we can be guided by the Holy Spirit. Led of God to where the sick need healing, the oppressed need to be set free. God’s word equips us with spiritual weapons to take out the enemy, the devil.
The ping, Sean Connery asked for, verified his distance from his ally. By coming to the surface, finding those who are with us, we can work together to complete God’s mission to save the whole world.
“That the whole world might be saved…”
Whether people realize it, or not, they are hunting for God. The spirit man inside each of them is striving to be reunited with God’s spirit. Let’s be out there helping them connect their heart to the heart of God.
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