There is a ghost in our house. Doors opening. Lights turning on. You may be on to where I'm going with this already. Yes, this is cheesy pastor-speak. The ghost, of course, is God's Holy Spirit. And doors are opening and lights turning on.
I want to draw your attention to the reality that Halloween is coming up. What a great opportunity for so many of us to let the ghost open doors and turn lights on!
One of the clearest identities for all of us who claim to follow Jesus is that of Missionary. In the Bible, Jesus sent His followers as missionaries. While some are called overseas, all are called across the street.
Does the Bible offer any wisdom on how we as missionaries could handle Halloween?
The apostle Peter writes his first letter to group of Christians that understand spiritual differences, cultural pressures, and persecution far better than we ever have.
Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us.
1 Peter 2.11-12
While there are so many more things we could consider from this passage, let me draw your attention to two important messages Peter gives you and me: Abstain & Engage.
So, while we will not engage in the spirit of halloween as some do (revelling in evil and fear), we are called to express God's goodness.
Halloween is the only day every year when the mission field knocks on my door. I don't even have to go to them, they come to me!
What an opportunity to build relational bridges.
What an opportunity to express generous goodness.
For those of you who will have trick-or-treaters knocking at your door this year, here are some practical thoughts for you:
So, turn on your porch light and when there's a knock open the door. It's what the Ghost would do.