As Christians, we seem to be worried more about baking cookies, thinking that this is our ministry when in fact we hide behind the “baking cookies ministry”, than to reach out to the souls of the people we know. Don’t get me wrong, the Lord commands us to be hospitable and to show love for one another (1 Peter 4:9). God commands us to love one another. However, what is the purpose of all this? To just caress our egos and to be liked? We do this to honour God and to provide an opportunity to share the Gospel, not only in action but in words. There is a church I know that is great at baking cookies. Every summer they hold a huge free BBQ in a high-risk neighbourhood that has a lot of gangs and a large population of immigrant-muslims. From a wordly perspective, it is a great success; many people come out and enjoy the free meal. However, I asked a relative who attends the church and participates in the BBQ if her church provides an opportunity to witness, she skirted the issue and said that it was the church’s priority to make their presence known in the community. Is this church taking the opportunity to witness? To talk about Jesus Christ? Are they thinking ‘we’ll just bake the cookies, and let God will find a way’?
Our reasons for doing, our reasons for being is the Gospel and nothing else. It is so easy to hide behind our “good works” and not take that step of faith because we want to protect ourselves, protect our pride and make ourselves look good and be liked. I’ll be the first to admit that sharing the Gospel for me is not easy. I get very nervous because I don’t want to mess up. I’ve had successful and very unsuccessful moments in sharing the Gospel but I never regret it because I’ve done what God has commanded us to do.
How many cookies are we going to bake before we put down that spatula and get real with our friends, family, neighbours and strangers and talk to them about Christ. The time for salvation is now (2 Corinthians 6:2). Let us not be fearful, let us not worry about ourselves more than others. Souls are at stake. Let us share the Gospel and bake cookies.