Hey, y’all! Halloween has come. And what does this mean? Candy, costumes, scary things, and darkness.
But, though this day is incredibly dark (this holiday does celebrate Satan after all), we as Christians can use this day to bring glory to God. How? Let me explain.
First off, we can glorify God by taking the jobs people think less of, and use them to reveal to people that all work can point back to Him. For instance, you could dress up as a painter; they bring God glory by painting beautiful houses. Or a teacher brings God glory by working with kids; they are have the ability to be part of the kids’ lives, and can reveal God to them. Dressing up as a zookeeper reminds others what good stewardship of creation looks like. Really, any job you can think of can be used to bring God glory. Dressing up as people who do those jobs can be beautiful and can emphasize God’s handiwork.
Second off, you can think of your neighborhood as a mission field, with a bunch of lonely souls that are ripe for harvest. Think of all the people in your neighborhood. There are many people, right? Well, Halloween is the one of the only days that you’re allowed to go door-to-door and meet these people face to face. (The other holiday in which you are able to do this is Christmas, to go caroling.) You can use this time to bring hope into these people’s lives. We’ll never really truly know what these people’s everyday lives are like, but we can plant ‘seeds’ of hope in their lives that God can water. Once we plant these seeds, God can water them to bring about their salvation. ‘How can we plant these seeds?’ you may be wondering. We can plant the seeds by telling them something about Christ. No, we don’t have to evangelize. But we can simply say something like “Jesus loves you”, or “Jesus is alive”, and the seeds will be planted. Remember, these people need Jesus just as much as we do; it is of the utmost importance that we share Him with them.
Lastly, you can bring glory to God by showing His love to these people. By being kind to them, they will ‘see our good works, and glorify your Father your in heaven’ (Matt. 5:16). Actions speak louder than words. They will see that we are different than normal kids, and wonder what’s different about us. (For those of you who like to argue with non-Christians, please know that arguing gets you no where with them. Yes, it is good to have an apologia for your faith, but it isn’t good to argue with people. Arguing pushes people away and makes them angry. Yes, I know that Jesus said that believing in Him would divide people (Luke 12:51), and that the Holy Spirit would convict them (John 16:18), but that is not our job to do that. We are simply God’s messengers, His royal ambassadors (2 Cor. 5:19-20). We are to be a pleasing aroma (2 Cor. 2:15-16), not a spicy, hot one. People respond better to love than hate. Okay, sorry! Rant over. ‘;) Anyways, that being said, I would like to reiterate that we are ambassadors for Christ. We represent Jesus to these people. Just as Jesus showed love to the people in His vicinity, so are we to show love to those in our neighborhood.
Though Halloween is a dark holiday, we can be reminded that Jesus defeated death, darkness, sin, curses, etc. on the cross (Romans 4:25, 6:8; Isaiah 25:8; etc.) . He died on the cross and rose again (Acts 1:3). He conquered Satan; now Satan has no power over us anymore! Thus, we can celebrate the fact that Christ is victorious. We can rub it in the Devil’s face that he has no power over us and that he’ll be thrown in to the Lake of Fire and Brimstone when the end times come. Lately there have been many attacks happening that are directed towards the family and Christians everywhere. But we need not be afraid, because Christ has overcome the world. With all these things happening, we must remember that all these terrible things are happening because the end times are coming soon (Matt. 24:6, 2 Tim. 3:1). Through all of it, though, God will protect us, for we are His Children. Knowing this, we can tell others that Jesus is alive, and spread the news that Jesus is coming soon.
Celebrate the fact that Jesus is alive! Spread the word: He is coming soon!
19Even though I am a free man with no master, I have become a slave to all people to bring many to Christ. 20When I was with the Jews, I lived like a Jew to bring the Jews to Christ. When I was with those who follow the Jewish law, I too lived under that law. Even though I am not subject to the law, I did this so I could bring to Christ those who are under the law. 21When I am with the Gentiles who do not follow the Jewish law,d I too live apart from that law so I can bring them to Christ. But I do not ignore the law of God; I obey the law of Christ.
22When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. 23I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings. 1 Corintians 9:19-22
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If he have faith, the believer cannot be restrained. He betrays himself. He breaks out. He confesses and teaches this Gospel to the people at the cost of life itself.
-Martin Luther, reformer