Published March 3, 2015

Paul's Epistle
"What's Your Platform?"

Have you ever been reading something when, all of a sudden, one line just jumps out at you?

That happens a lot with Scripture, of course. But recently I was reading an article about — well, I'm not really sure what it was about overall, come to think of it — but one line jumped out at me. It said, "What platform has God entrusted to you?"

What platform?  "Platform?"  That's an interesting word. It's used by political parties to spell out specifics of their stands on various issues. It's that raised wooden thing public speakers stand on to be seen and heard.

But what struck me was that our "platform" – in the sense implied in the question above – is the method, position or opportunity that God has given each of us individually that makes it possible effectively to deliver a message. And our message, of course, is the Gospel.

Since God wants us to share His Gospel with others, He has given each of us some sort of "platform" to do it. And because each individual is unique (with a unique personality and skill set), each individual has an individual "platform" (or opportunity set) to share the Gospel. The same God who created countless stars (each one unique) and countless snowflakes (each one unique) has created billions of human beings over the ages, each one unique.

I feel blessed that God has given me an obvious platform – or several, actually. He's given me The Gospel Greats broadcast, which, in its specifics, is unique, providing unique opportunities to spread the Gospel ("the greatest message" part of my slogan). But he's also allowed this newsletter to grow from that, providing ministry opportunities. He's even allowed me to preach at our home church on occasion, something I had never expected to do. God may give each of us more than one platform – indeed, several.

New platforms keep coming along. Shelia has found that a lot of her Facebook friends occasionally turn to her for help, and she's been able, in effect, to counsel them with Godly wisdom. That's a relatively new "platform" that has developed.

So, what is your "platform?"

Has God given you a good singing voice? Glorify God through your singing! Has God given you the gift of hospitality (Romans 12:13)? Use it to reach out to your neighbors. Do you manifest the "fruits of the Spirit" (Galatians 5:22, Ephesians 5:9)? Use them in God's service to reach out to others.

God has given you a gift that you can use as your platform. Sometimes we overlook it. But it's there. God wouldn't call you to do something that He wouldn't equip you to do, with His help. (See Hebrews 13:21.) Ask Him to make it more obvious to you — and to direct you in how to use it.

I remember a story from years ago about a woman who loved to sing – but she was physically unable to leave her home. So she started telephoning other shut-ins and would sing hymns to them over the phone. This woman who couldn't even leave her home was using her unusual "platform" to cheer others and spread the Gospel.

Jesus said, "No one, after lighting a lamp, puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light" (Luke 11:33). The Lord wants us to use what God's given to us – and to let others see it.

Even difficulties that come our way may force us to use a new "platform" to show that light to others. Jesus said such difficulties "will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony" (Luke 21:13).

But what really struck me about the original question – even more than the "platform" idea – was that God has "entrusted" that platform to us. Wow. That's a strong word. The dictionary says it means "to charge or invest with a trust or responsibility," as in, "We entrusted him with our lives."

God has entrusted to each one of us, as Christians, the work of spreading His Gospel. Think about that! There is no one else to whom He has entrusted this ultimately significant task. The God of all Creation has entrusted the propagation of that Gospel message to each of us – including to you individually!

So, what is your platform? And, more importantly, how are you using it for Him?

- Paul

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