Tuesday, October 17, 2006

"If the name of the Savior is precious to you,
if his care has been constant and tender and true,
if the light of his presence has brightened your way,
O will you not tell of your gladness today?

Will you not tell it today?"

During the ministry of Jesus, there were times when he looked out over groups of people and, filled with compassion, made an accurate diagnosis of their spiritual need. The people he saw were like "sheep without a shepherd." On a perch overlooking Jerusalem, he said, "O Jerusalem, how often I have longed to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wing." And on another occasion, Jesus remarked that the "fields were white unto harvest."

With the news today that the population of the United States has reached 300 Million, I can't help but hear the echo of Jesus's words. The United States grows in population annually equivalent to the size of Arkansas and Kansas.

Many pundits today will bemoan the excessive growth. Rest assured,the immigration arguments will resurface today en masse.

Yet, as Christians, I hope we see today's news through the echo of Jesus's words. The opportunity for mission right here at home is as never before.

Will you not tell it today?