A few years back I asked the wife if she noticed how beautiful a day we were having: The sky was cloudless and deep blue, the leaves a palette of exploding colors with gold and red and orange and bright yellows. The sun was shining glory all over the place…and she casually replied, “No, I didn’t notice.” Didn’t notice!!! Perhaps she was distracted by busyness or loaded down with too many thoughts as is common in our gotta-rush-world. Ahh, no, she revealed…she just really didn’t pay attention to stuff like that. What!!! I told her: “Hon, you’re missing so much, you have got to open your eyes and stop and look around you. Come here. Look how beautiful everything is! Look over there at the hills. Take a deep breath of fresh air…ahhh, is that great or what? Listen to the leaves rustle in the woods. Feel that breeze and its touch of coolness. Taste life!!!”
We live in a world surrounded by scores of people who just really don’t pay attention to that which is most beautiful of all – the Gospel. The feet of Christians are to come into these lives and say, “Look how beautiful the Gospel is! Come here.
Look at our wondrous Savior who “humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even death on the cross.” (Philippians 2:8)
Breathe in deep “as God demonstrated His own love towards us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
Listen carefully as He explains “you, who were once alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless and above reproach in His sight.” (Colossians 1:21,22)
Feel His peaceful touch “for He Himself is our peace.” (Ephesians 2:14)
Taste and “be filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” (Philippians 1:11)
Some people will respond and the Gospel will become the beautiful centerpiece of their life. Most will turn away because they don’t pay attention to stuff like that. No matter the outcome, we are called to bring glad tiding of good things.
Yesterday my wife asked me if I noticed the leaves on our road. She told me how beautiful they were and that there’s a lot of red leaves this year which she loves the best.