TODAY’S SIGNATURE VERSE ••• Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19 ESV)
PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• As people around the world, including Christians, raise voices in protest over injustice…. I can’t help but wonder how things would be if we collectively raised our voices in a cry for others to accept Jesus Christ.
We can’t change people, but Jesus can. If we cared more about sharing Jesus, the hope and love of Jesus would overtake so many of these issues we’re dealing with… and it’s our duty and responsibility as followers of Jesus to do just that! Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20).
Sharing Jesus with others doesn’t always involve a pulpit or a mission field. It doesn’t require a theology degree. All it requires is a willing heart. Yet, too many of us are more willing to share about the great weekend we had or the newest TV show we’re binge-watching than we are to tell others what Jesus has done for us.
We have to stop worrying about offending people with our faith! I’m not advocating for hitting someone in the head with a Bible. Obviously, we back off if requested… but consider some of these ideas for getting the ball rolling right where you are:
- Share your testimony
- Share Bible verses on social media
- Invest in some faith-wear clothing that tells others you’re a Christian
- Keep some tracts handy
- Invite people to church
- Share online sermons or Christian music
- Post praise reports for Jesus
- Offer to pray and then, follow-through
- Have a movie night with a faith-based film
- Make sure your behavior is reflecting the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control)
But in the process of sharing, we have to 1) listen and 2) be prepared to make a defense. That means knowing the Bible! It doesn’t mean you have to have whole books memorized, but you need to at least be familiar. Peter wrote, “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15).
TIP! One of the easiest ways to quickly look up Scriptures by topic—keep OpenBible.info open on your browser. If you’re an Apple user, you can even save it as a home screen button. Go to the topical link. I literally use this every single day because I can remember what the Bible says, but I can never remember where to find it.
So in our zeal to change the world for the better, let’s go to Jesus… the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). It’s only through Him that real, lasting changes happen.
Today, as you pray, thank Jesus for being worthy of all our praise and gratitude! Ask the Holy Spirit to empower and encourage you to share the Gospel as the most effective way to make the world a better place! Ask Him to help you show others the love and hope found in Jesus!
SHARING ••• Please share with others! Visit www.MyGraceFullLife.com to read past blogs. ***Unless noted otherwise, all Scripture references are from the ESV translation.