If you have discovered the most important thing (which is Jesus), then it is only normal to want to share the most important thing with others! As Believers, we are called and commanded to share our experience of Jesus with others.
Matthew 28:19-20 lays the foundation for our sharing. It says, “Therefore 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. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Witnessing is not an option for the Christian. He is our example. He came and laid down his life for ours and set for us an example of how we are to do the same.
II Corinthians 5:18-20 reminds us, “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation…And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us…”
Don’t just sit around waiting for people to come to you-- go to them! There are many ways to do this. The Most Important Thing website can help you get started right away. Why not post your story online and share with your friends? Take a look at the “Share Your Story” section on this site http://www.mostimportantthing.org/Testimonies/Submit.aspx
Your story is powerful because it is yours! It is yours because it happened to you. What tremendous pleasure and important responsibility. We are “Christ’s ambassadors.” We are his representatives and we are to share and love with the same kind of love and intensity that Jesus loved and shared. God’s love and appeal is made through us. God uses us to get his message of reconciliation across to people.
It’s amazing that he has decided to use us! What a privilege it is to share God’s love to the world. And who better to share than people who have been changed by God’s love? There is no better person to share with your friends and family than those who have experienced God’s grace. All you have to do is answer three little questions and you have a story to share!
The Bible teaches that all who don’t know Christ are without hope and lost. There are only two destinations for people; heaven or hell. Therefore, it’s of the utmost importance that we take our responsibility seriously. I Peter 3:15 says, “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do so with gentleness and respect…”
Here are a few helps for sharing your story with others: First, share because Christ is Lord in your life. He is the boss and we serve him out of love and loyalty.
Secondly, be prepared to share, sharing doesn’t happen carelessly and haphazardly. It may take some effort on your part to learn how to share in a culturally relevant way. Look at the Most Important Thing website CROSS Training. We have developed a multi-dimensional evangelism system that can help you effectively share the Most Important Thing--knowing Jesus Christ! http://www.mostimportantthing.org/Order/ct/index.htm
Thirdly, share in ways that do not offend people. Peter says that we are to share with “gentleness and respect.” If we genuinely care about people the way God does and the way Jesus did when he was here on earth, then we will share in respectful ways.
A great place to start with sharing is thinking back on the details of when you first believed in Jesus. What was your life like before you believed? What were some of the things and issues you were facing? How did you come to know Christ? Did someone share with you about God’s love? Did you just happen to visit a church one Sunday? How is your life different now that you have believed in Jesus? How has his love and grace changed you? What’s different about your life now? What do you think God is saying to you about your life and how and in what ways you can serve him more?
These and other questions thought through and answered are a great way to share with friends and family about your new life in Christ. Then log onto the Most Important Thing website and submit your story http://www.mostimportantthing.org/Testimonies/Submit.aspx
Mon, February 22, 2010
by John Brimacombe