This past Sunday morning, Matt Marrs from the North American Mission Board came and shared some encouragement to see what Jesus sees and go where Jesus went. I found his words insightful and deeply challenging.
We all know someone who needs to hear the gospel; we all know multiple someones. Regardless of who we know that needs to hear the gospel, it doesn’t make it easy to share it with people. Here in Norborne, a community familiar with spiritual things, if you ask someone around town who Jesus is, the odds are pretty solid you will hear an at least semi-Biblical answer.
So, what is so difficult about talking to people about Jesus?
One of the most challenging things about being a Christian is the charge we have been given to make disciples and teach people who Jesus taught. It’s a challenge because we don’t like to upset the apple cart. We don’t want to come off as judgy or preachy or better-than-thou-y. I’m not all about Bible-thumping people, but every day we have opportunity to share the love of God with people.
We have a different context than that of the early church, but we should take lessons from them. They were pressed and speaking the gospel could lead to persecution and imprisonment. I guarantee knees knocked over telling people about the risen Christ, but urgency ruled the day. Urgency ruled the day so much so that their prayers were not that they would be protected from persecution or danger, but…well…just listen to their prayer:
And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus. (Acts 4:29-30)
Pressed, but not crushed, the early church prayed that God would continue to move and that they would be empowered with boldness.
Let’s take on the call of Christ to share the gospel.
Let’s seek God’s power in our lives to do so.
Let’s entrust our mouths and every opportunity to the Author and Perfector of our faith.
Let’s go out into the world, not in our own power and persuasion, but on our knees in surrender, knowing that God will do the moving.