“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.” ~Romans 1:16
It is our duty as Christians to warn those who are unaware, those who don't know the Lord, those who haven't heard about this offer of eternal life. That is what this verse is referring to when it says, the Greek as well as the Jew because the Greeks didn't know God, nor did they understand that Jesus was the Messiah.
If we truly say we care about one another, but we don't tell anyone about Jesus, we are lying. What about our kids and our friends— don't we want them in heaven with us—don't we want our grandkids with us in forever-land?
The following verse was the very last thing Jesus told His disciples to do, it's known as "The Great Commission" Matthew 28:19, "Go and make disciples of all the nations..." And again in Mark 16:15... "Go into all the world and preach the gospel..." And again Mathew 24:14 also says, "This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come." And it’s repeated again in Mark 13:10, Isaiah 52:10 and Luke 24:47, as well as multiple other times throughout the Bible.
There are many more verses that state the salvation of God through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ, must be spread throughout the world before Christ's return. The only question is . . . will you be obedient to this commission or not? Will you serve the Lord and help spread the Gospel of the good news of salvation? We are not saved to be silent—we are saved to be a trumpet for God—to shout the good news of this miraculous gift of eternal life for the entire world to hear!
“So you, son of man; I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me.” ~Ezekiel 33:7
I can’t help but think where I might be or the mess I might still be in if God hadn’t led me through a multitude of situations. God used so many people to lead me to His truths. And then there was my part in all this once He put the desire in my heart, I had to row—I had to do the reading and studying in order to totally understand every detail of His infallible word. I was truly blessed with one of the greatest Bible study teachers, along with a circle of encouraging Christian friends who all helped in this journey.
How can I share Jesus . . . ?
How do I share Jesus with someone? I mean it’s more than awkward to just go up to someone and ask them if they know Jesus, right? But sometimes if the Spirit moves you to do that, just do it . . . because God knows everyone’s heart, and He knows if they are ready to receive Him or not.
However, one of the very best ways to share Jesus with others is to tell them how God led you to Him. By sharing your own, personal stories, you can help others see the mighty hand of God at work. You can also help them to see that even the most difficult and unlikely individuals can be a powerful evangelist for Jesus.
Paul is one of the best examples of this fact. Here’s a guy that’s not only against Christianity, he’s also a literal Christian killer! But God got hold of Paul, who was then known as Saul and helped him to see the truth.
The most powerful evangelism usually includes telling our individual story along with the gospel story. Weaving the two together makes for a powerful example of God’s gracious work through His turning of your heart. Plus it’s much harder for someone to argue the truth or validity of your story because you were the one that actually experienced it. It’s not some story that someone else told you but your own personal experience.
Just like Saul/Paul, we are all a work in progress, and I am no exception to this reality. But by following Paul’s example, we can become powerful evangelists for Jesus Christ. Paul always found a way to create a twofold-story that combined his individual experience with the Gospel. He left his listeners with scripture verses that they could hold on to, along with easy to understand testimonials on how God’s promises affected his own life and how they are just as much for each and every one of us as well.
“Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples.” ~Psalm 96:3
What is a testimony . . . ?
A testimony is an experience that is unique to only you. No one else has your story to tell, that’s what makes it so powerful. The following is my own personal testimony as to how I was led to the Lord.
I was at a point in my life where I was pretty much to the end of my emotional rope. Fortunately for me, a good friend reached out and asked me to spend a few days at her house to just take a break from life. So I did, I went there that night and crashed. The following morning both she and her husband had left for work by the time I got up. I grabbed a cup of coffee along with an old Bible I had tossed in my bag and went out on her back porch. I had decided that maybe it was time to read the Bible and finally get to know this mysterious invisible God.
As I randomly opened my Bible and started to read, I suddenly heard someone calling my name. I jumped up and ran to the edge of the porch and replied, I’m up here on the porch! But nothing, no one answered me. So I went back to my chair, shook my head, and re-opened my Bible. Once again, I heard my name—I clearly heard someone call my name! Again, I went to the edge of the porch and replied, figuring it must be my friend’s husband messing with me. I looked in the yard but couldn’t see anyone so I looked in the driveway and no car was there.
By now, I was starting to get really freaked out. Again I sat down and tried one last time to read in the Bible. And, again I heard my name, but this time I replied, who’s calling me? Immediately a voice answered, Linda, Linda, you know who this is!
Of course, I was in an utter state of panic at this point! My heart was beating so hard I could literally hear it pounding! There was nothing to do but surrender to this insane situation and see where it would lead, and lead me it did!
I spent the rest of that day talking to Jesus, and pretty much every day ever since that amazing day reading His word and continually conversing with my Maker.
Honestly, if this God can get through to me, He can get through to anyone. I hate to admit it, but I was one of the most stubborn people alive. It took this outrageous, earth-shattering revelation to get my attention!
Much like Paul, I too was a doubter. And also like Paul, God knew He would have to knock me over in order to get my attention, and knock me over He did. He got my attention that day, and has had it ever since. Taking me from self-centered party girl to Christian author/blogger, and most recently to a servant of the Lord through a start-up, nonprofit homeless feeding organization. Talk about going full circle!
God wants us all; He desires that none of us should perish but should get to know Him and His love for each and every one of us. Like I said, if He cared enough to chase after me, He will chase after every last one of us until we turn around, listen to Him and repent!
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” ~2 Peter 3:9
Q: Are you ready to share the gospel?
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