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!