When I was little, I always said that I wanted to be a teacher or a missionary someday. I think that God, in His wonderful lovingkindness, has allowed me to be both. You see, as a girl, I thought that to be a missionary I had to go overseas to a foreign land to share the gospel with those who’d never heard a word of it. And while the world needs missionaries who are called to leave their homes, their families, and their comfort zones to preach the gospel into all nations, we need people at home who will proclaim God’s love just as much.
Because the truth is, everyone who doesn’t have Jesus needs Him the same.
It doesn’t matter what your nationality is, what language you speak, or what age you are. If you don’t have Jesus, you need Him. The elderly man who has lived a life full of family and work and friends needs Jesus just as much as the busy mother who is struggling to keep her head above the churning waters of kids and appointments and housecleaning. The teenager who has gone “too far” in just about every way needs Jesus just as much as the innocent little boy who is beginning to realize that the Jesus of “Jesus Loves Me” is real. Everyone who doesn’t have Him needs Him.
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? Romans 10:14
As Christians, we are called to share Jesus with others. Because any person that doesn’t have Jesus needs to have Him. How will they know, friends, if we don’t share?
So what does it look like to share the love of Jesus? I’m sure some of you, like me, are thinking about knocking on doors and giving out tracts and saying carefully planned speeches about the gospel. This way of sharing can be very helpful, but I have experienced that neighbors don’t always want to open their doors when a group comes knocking (I don’t) and even the most rehearsed speeches can fly out the window when the situation becomes real.
I think that God paves the way for us to share about Him in all sorts of ways. He can use any situation that we are in for His good.
He uses our kindness to show His love.
He uses our words to show His love.
He uses our lifestyle to show His love.
He uses our work to show His love.
He uses our mistakes to show His love.
I am not eloquent. I am not outgoing. When I see a new person in my day, I usually feel a tug to go and speak to them and every time I try to fight it. They don’t remember me. They don’t want to talk to me. I don’t know what to say to them. I’ve got too much to do. They don’t know me. I almost always mess up. But He uses me anyway to share His love with others. As long as I am willing.
My church had an incredible guest preacher last week who reminded us about sharing the love of Christ with others. That’s what we’ve been called to do as Christians, right?
“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.” Jesus knew where you would be born, what nation you would pledge your allegiance to, what region you would reside in, and what neighborhood you would call home. He knew the people that you would share a house with and who you would share a workspace with day in and day out. And if you’re a Christian, He called you to make disciples of everyone. Because everyone who doesn’t have Jesus needs Him the same.
Don’t worry if you think you are not smart enough, or eloquent enough, or “holy” enough. Don’t worry if He really is calling you overseas; or if He is calling you to minister to those closest to you. Don’t worry if you don’t think you have the words, the circumstances, or the past choices to make you a great candidate for sharing His love. Because it’s really not our job to actually make a person accept Christ. We are not the saviors. We are the sharers. We plant the seeds. He waters and makes them take root.
Jesus knew when He called us to preach the gospel that we would feel inadequate. He knew that we would be nervous and afraid. But He also knew that we’d be covered with His righteousness, and that He’d be able to take our efforts and use them for His good. So after He told us to share Him with the nations, He left us with this beautiful promise…
“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:16-20)
By the way, if you are reading this today and you are not a Christian, you can become one right now. If you are ready to give your life to Christ and receive His forgiveness for your sins, all you have to do is as simple as A, B, C. Pray to Him now (in your heart or in an audible voice–He hears) and Admit to Him that you are a sinner. Tell Him you are sorry and that you need Him to forgive you and cleanse you from sin. Beleive that Jesus is God’s only Son, sent to earth to save us from our sins. Confess Him as your Savior and Lord and commit to living for Him from now on. When you sincerely pray this prayer, He will save you. You will become a Christian. This doesn’t mean that you will be perfect from now on. It doesn’t mean your life will be perfect, either. But you will have a joy and a peace that you may not even understand! Tell someone. Find a local church that will celebrate with you and grow with you. I am so happy for you in this decision! I would love to know if you prayed this prayer.
When Jesus enters your life, He will make you whiter than snow no matter how black your past is. This is one of my favorite songs and reminds me every time of the transforming power of Jesus’ love. Take a listen!