The Cross and the Maltese

The Fireman's BibleIn this age of separation of church and state, church and school, and separation of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus from pretty much anything these days; I began thinking of the two crosses in my life. The first and most important Cross, where all of our salvation started, and the Maltese cross which has been a part of my life for the last 25 years.

I, like most of society, chose not to mix these two crosses early in my career but as of late I’ve realized the mission field that was available to me. Being able to go on a mission trip is an amazing opportunity for any Christian that has the chance, but there are so many people we can witness to on a daily basis. Starting with our brothers in our station house, our department as a whole, and lastly the citizens that we serve. I am a staunch believer that our lives are our biggest witness tool by far. People remember what they see more than what they read or hear. If you’re a firefighter & profess to be a Christian, people will be watching and that’s a great thing providing we handle ourselves properly & professionally. So many times we as Christians (especially myself at times) try and thump people with our Bibles or quote scriptures in a chastising manner that really turns people away from the very thing we’re trying to draw them to, which is Jesus. As a Christian, the way we live our life can speak volumes to our brother firefighters.  Something as simple as blessing our food if we are in the public eye will go a long way with the citizens in our communities. Here are just a few scriptures to reference:

Mark 16:15 – He said to them, Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.

 Acts 1:8 – But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

2 Timothy 4:5 – But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

In all there are so many things that we can do to reach people for the Lord & these are just a few things that I’ve been thinking on lately. I hope this will be something you guys can talk about at the station. Be safe, may God bless you

About Chris Carrera

Chris is a Senior Instructor with the Mississippi State Fire Academy. With over twenty five years in the fire service Chris has served in many positions including company officer and instructor. His current responsibilities include training recruit firefighters, company officers and fire service chaplains.

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