The Message (MSG)
14-16 Still later, as the Eleven were eating supper, he appeared and took them to task most severely for their stubborn unbelief, refusing to believe those who had seen him raised up. Then he said, “Go into the world. Go everywhere and announce the Message of God’s good news to one and all. Whoever believes and is baptized is saved; whoever refuses to believe is damned.
The Bible says that we as Christians should go to all ends of the earth and preach the Good News to everyone so that none shall perish which is essentially God’s heart for the people He created. How many of us actually do that? Why are we so afraid to share Jesus with everyone we meet? I myself can be quite shy at times and find it difficult to share with people I don’t know. Questions pop up in my mind like crazy….what if they think I am insane? What if they don’t believe me? What if I tell it the wrong way and they get offended? What if they yell at me? What if they run? What do I do if they say no? Ugh!!! Why should we even care??? If they do not say yes to Jesus they are say yes to eternal death in hell, and I personally do not wish that on anyone.
I know we should not use scare tactics to get people to invite Jesus into their hearts. I also know that no one can be forced into anything. On a further note, people often want to run from their problems instead of face them, therefore being presented with the fact that they will die and not go to heaven, does not take precedence over the Sunday night football game or the latest reality show on television.
So, with those things in mind, how DO we share the Good News across the world without offending or pushing or annoying everyone? I know this may seem simple, but it seems to work for my husband and I. Live the Christian life. Share your testimony with those you meet everywhere you go. I cannot count how many times I have left my husband alone in a restaurant to use the restroom only to come back and find our waitress in tears. Why? Because he shared our story and Jesus just happened to show up and soften their hearts.
In reality, it’s God who does all the work. First He sets us free by using someone else or an event in our lives, then He just sits back and watches us share our stories and the entire time we are doing this, He is softening hearts or setting the seeds. All we have to do is follow after Jesus and love our neighbors as ourselves. Yes, it really is that easy. God’s heart is that none shall perish that all would join Him in heaven one day. We as His children, need to press into the things of God so that the end result is an outpouring or a pollination of His love. Are we willing to become pollinators for Jesus? It’s easy, spread your wings and buzz over to the nearest gathering of people and start sharing your heart, let God take care of the rest!
I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.
To continue on with my theme for the week, I want to continue thankfulness even when we think things are not as they should be. Take for instance getting a new home and you were hoping for 3 bedrooms and God provides a more than sufficient home according to His promise of provision but the home only has 2 bedrooms and you really wanted the third one for a new office. Did you really need a new office? Is there somewhere else in this home where you could fit an office? Often times we are just not happy with what God gives us and we complain and are ungrateful because it does not have all the bells and whistles we wanted. We should be thankful in the end for the roof over our heads. God knows what we need and He will not give us more than we can handle. And I know for sure He provides for our needs at just the right timing.
Let’s take a closer look at misunderstood provision as it played a huge role in my life. Here I was in the middle of relationship with my husband that was growing darker and darker every day. My typical day towards the end of my disaster consisted of: getting the kids ready, going to work for 9 hours, finding money for dinner and kerosene, finding my husbands next fix, endless trips to the emergency room and so much more. This happened over and over again and as I cried myself to sleep each night, I laid there wondering when the end would come.
Then, in the scheme of things and my bewilderment God stepped in and took my husband from the scenario. He freed me from the hell I was operating out of on a daily basis and do you know as I sat in that hospital room I still did not want to let anyone know about what was happening everyday in my life? I was literally afraid of how I was going to make it if my husband was not in the picture any more? Now I look back and just shake my head and giggle to myself , “oh ye of little faith.”
God had given me an out and I still was not happy it seemed. Now I would have to raise two teenagers alone on the salary of just me. Here I was with no gas on at the trailer, no working appliances and a van that just did not run right and my husband was the one who did most of the cooking and the fixing of anything broken. I was in a panic because I did not know how to cook on a an outside grill. I just could not see it at the time the wonderful provision God had already in motion because I just wanted Him to fix my husband. Now I look back and as I can see more of the bigger picture, I see what God had in mind all along and in order for these things to happen, there had to be a separation.
Next Blog: more on the separation and how it has drawn me ever so close to God