LATJ: If Only You Had Told Me

9 11 2009

Responsibility_KidsThe Great Commission is when Jesus issued His marching orders to all of His followers. “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen.” (Matthew 28:18-20).

You may think that Jesus was just talking to his inner circle here and that this only applies to those trained in ministry or evangelism. But this wasn’t the first time that this charge was issued. If you look back in the book of Ezekiel, chapter 33, you will find that God makes it clear that this is a responsibility for all of us:

If I announce that some wicked people are sure to die and you fail to warn them about changing their ways, then they will die in their sins, but I will hold you responsible for their deaths. But if you warn them to repent and they don’t repent, they will die in their sins, but you will not be held responsible.” (Ezekiel 33:8-9)

Not everyone is comfortable talking about their faith in Christ with others. It seems to be especially difficult to talk about it to family or close friends. Think back to your own salvation experience. You probably didn’t come to know Christ because of some doctrinal lecture in theology. More than likely it was due to the influence of many Christians around you and seeing the work of Christ in their lives. One of the most effective ways to share the Gospel with others is in the way you live your life and the joy that you show. Others will be attracted to you and will want to know the reason for the hope that you have. I love what Francis of Assisi said about sharing the Gospel: “Share the Gospel at all times — when necessary, use words.

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