FIRST-PERSON: Tell it to all
FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- We sing every year to encourage people, especially Christians, "Go tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere" that Jesus was born!
Many of us, however, fail to go and tell that Jesus Christ came to die as a living sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins and to save us from eternal flames. The collective effect is that many people are remaining dead to God in their sins (Ephesians 2:1) both now and for all eternity.
Some have no burden for lost souls while others are afraid to share. We all live and talk with loved ones every day and yet some of our spouses, children and family members have not heard the Good News from us -- the Good News that Jesus gave us and sent us to tell to all. As Christ's ambassadors and those who are indwelt by His Spirit, His love and mercy should drive us to share the Gospel (Matthew 28:16-20).
We should not be afraid to share the Gospel. When Jesus sent out His disciples to share the Good News of His coming, He said, "Whenever they bring you before synagogues and rulers and authorities, don't worry about how you should defend yourselves or what you should say. For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that very hour what must be said" (Luke 12:11-12). It is good to have a plan on how to share the Gospel but, most important of all, we need to depend on the Holy Spirit when we share Jesus with others.
Bear in mind the following when sharing the Gospel with others:
-- God's love has no borders but we, God's people, sometimes need to cross borders to share Christ. These borders could be our backyards, another town, city or country. After all, Jesus crossed the border of heaven and earth to give of Himself (John 8:42).
-- God's mercy is available to all. Therefore, we should not discriminate when we share the Gospel because Jesus died for everyone. We are all included in John 3:16 regardless of the color of our skin, education, culture, sexual orientation, social status or religious background. Everyone needs the Savior.
-- We should go on mission trips away from the familiar and invite others to go with us. These trips will instill within us a heart for missions, encourage us to minister in our own neighborhoods and even help us to discern if God is calling us overseas. God will move you to the place where He created a heart for missions within you (John 15:2).
-- We must pray for opportunities to share the Gospel. For me, every opportunity that I get to share the Gospel is a divine appointment.
-- Let's ask others to pray for us so that we might become one of the laborers Jesus asked us to pray for in Matthew 9:37-38. The harvest is ready and the laborers are still few.
-- Trust in the Lord and not yourself (Proverbs 3:5-6), know that you will never be alone (Deuteronomy 31:6) and know that trials will come as you serve (James 1:2,12; 2 Peter 2:9).
-- We should prepare our hearts so that God can use us (Psalm 51:10). When Isaiah heard God's call, he was ready and that is why he was able to say, "Here I am. Send me" (Isaiah 6:8).
-- Remember that we are not responsible for whether those with whom we share the Gospel respond in faith (John 16:8). We do not save people; that job belongs to God and the conviction from the Holy Spirit. Our responsibility is to share out of love and obedience to God.
The Gospel is Good News that fixes the bad news. If you live on mission, at some point you will understand Jesus' words when He said: "You did not choose Me, but I chose you. I appointed you that you should go out and produce fruit and that your fruit should remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you" (John 15:16).