Living for Jesus
Making Contacts for Jesus
Do your neighbors and co-workers know you are Christian? How about the person who sells you your coffee or the person who delivers your mail? Are you attempting to develop a relationship with these people so you can share the Good News of the Gospel with them? We can give no greater service to Jesus than to be part of rescuing lost souls by sharing the life-saving Gospel. Jesus commissions us to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). God wants “all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4). We are to be Jesus’ hands, feet, and mouth. Jesus tells us “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest” (Luke 10:2). We are the laborers whom Jesus is seeking.
God’s plan for His people has always been that we take responsibility for sharing the Good News. Peter wrote, “Always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15). God blesses us with minds to learn and mouths to speak. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, God will give us the words and the courage to use them. Along with most people, we are eager to talk about the weather, sports, economy, or politics, but, as Christians, we have been given the treasure of the Gospel message— something vastly more important to talk about. Our attitude should be like that of Peter and John, who, when commanded to stop speaking of Christ, said, “We cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20).
For many, sharing the Gospel is uncomfortable, but do people need Jesus more than we need to be comfortable. God has placed us among many people who do not know Jesus. With God’s help, we can become very intentional with our witnessing. He can open our eyes to opportunities and give us the words to speak. We may want to consider developing a list of people who do not have a relationship with Jesus. The people could be in your inner circle of family and friends as well as in your outer circle of relationships. We can be empowered to witness because the Holy Spirit will guide and direct us.
Blessings on your stewardship journey!
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