"No Church For Me"
October 13, 2009
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25
Walt Disney is trying to do a good thing.
Disney is giving a free day's admission to the first 1 million guests who spend a day doing volunteer work.
Of course there are those who look upon Disney's gesture with a skeptical eye.
For example, Duncan Dickson, an instructor in theme park management, a school of study which I didn't know existed, says the idea is a "smart marketing move."
He also says Disney is going to get a ton of free publicity. I can't argue with that since this Daily Devotion is already sharing the story with tens of thousands of people.
To top off his critique of the Disney offer, Dickson said, they'll make their money in other ways. After all, he commented, "You make a lot of money in popcorn and T-shirts and other things."
When the writer to the Hebrews wrote his epistle, he knew nothing of popcorn and T-shirts.
On the other hand he did know what Christians are supposed to do.
- Christians are supposed to stir each other up so they might reflect the love of the Lord Jesus to others.
- Christians are supposed to stir each other up to the doing of good deeds.
- Christians are supposed to encourage each other, to support each other in fellowship and worship.
Why? Because the world's clock and our individual timepiece is ticking away. The Lord Jesus who gave Himself for our salvation is coming back. He who suffered, died, and rose so we might be saved has entrusted us to share His story with others.
It's a job. We're glad to do. After all, we want people to be ready for that unknown day and hour. We want them to be in heaven with us.
After all, given a choice between having my family and friends spend a day at Disney or an eternity in paradise... well, that's just not much of a choice.
After all, Disney can only advertise itself as being the happiest place on earth...
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord let my actions show to others the importance of the Savior's salvation. Before the Day of Judgment comes, may I witness to those around me the love and grace He gives. This I ask in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries