This week I’ve had the privilege to encounter a man that I would not normally meet in my everyday life. His name is Brian Hogan, and he is a man of many stories. From his travels across the U.S. during his college years, to his missionary life in Africa and Mongolia, to all of the many other things he has done, he is a very interesting man. My family hosted him while he was in town for a class called Perspectives. He is a very adventurous type and has even written a book about his missionary years in Mongolia called There’s a Sheep in My Bathtub, which I believe is for sale on Amazon. He is a strong christian, a personable guy, and a great storyteller.
But what influenced me the most during his stay with us, was his different way of looking at things. While teaching at the Perspectives class, he spoke of the passage Genesis 12:1-3 which says: “The Lord had said to Abram,’Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. ‘I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Most of the times I’ve read through that passage I thought about Abram’s faith to go and obey the Lord. But this was not the subject of the discussion. By reading through each part of those verses, Mr. Hogan illustrated that Christians, especially Christians in America, have been blessed by God. Why? Because we have put our hearts, minds, and souls in His care. We are blessed by God, therefore we should go and preach the Gospel in order that the world may be blessed to reflect the glory of God back to Him in praise.
Christians today sometimes focus too much on the actual salvation. God loved ME so much that He sent His Son to die for ME so that I can be saved. In America, this is especially true because individualism is so much a part of our culture. Yes, salvation IS important, and it is the first thing we teach to the lost. However, God did not want us to be so focused on how much He cares about us that we don’t obey the Great Commission. We should not be so self-focused that we forget why we are here. God wants us to bless others with the blessings he gives us. How can you bless someone today?