This message is written to my Christian friends (and to me).
What if I told you I had the cure for cancer? What if I told you I could tell you exactly how to save all of your family, friends and co-workers from ever getting cancer, or if they already had it, I could tell you how to cure them?
What would you do with that information? Would you immediately begin calling everyone you knew to tell them this good news? Would you stay up all night if you had to, or drive a long distance to reach someone that you couldn’t reach by phone? Would you post the news on Facebook and Twitter and send out emails to everyone in your contact list, even those that might not be your friends, but business contacts and acquaintances? And maybe even call that old friend that you’ve lost touch with to tell them too? And would you continue to talk to people about it, even with strangers on the street that you’ve never met? Would you make it your life’s mission to tell everyone you came into contact with this life saving, good news?
Now, I know you’re smart, and you’ve already figured out what I’m doing with this illustration.
But isn’t the Good News of the gospel even better than this? It has the power to mend hearts, save lives and change eternal destinies. And it gives believers hope and peace on this earth while waiting expectantly for a new heavenly home. Jesus is the only thing that can satisfy our emptiness. He is a cool drink of water for those with souls that are thirsty and cannot be quenched.
I know that being a disciple for Christ isn’t always easy. Sometimes it requires us to get out of our comfort zone and take some risks and boldly confess our faith when we’d rather be quiet. And it means loving others and pouring ourselves into them which takes sacrifice of time and energy.
But that is what we are called to do. Jesus last words in Matthew 28: 19-20 just before his ascension into heaven were “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
We are all called to be disciples for Christ. Our ministries will be different as we are gifted in various ways, but we all play an important role in sharing the good news of salvation to everyone we know.
Where do we start? We start by loving others while taking on Christ’s humility, and asking the Holy Spirit to guide us. And when He prompts us, we tell them what He has done for us.
And may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13.
Written by: Connie Morgenroth
June 13, 2014