Monday…When the Rubber Meets the Road

Love Illuminated - Title Slide

It’s happening again.  Here you are again, sitting around the lunch table and exchanging stories about the events of the weekend.  You know your turn is coming and you are struggling with what to say.  Do I talk to them about my kids ball game or the giant flop of a fishing trip that I had on Saturday?  Or is this the moment that I tell them about what I heard at church?  Do I really want to endure the possible criticism that may occur with me sharing with them my beliefs?  The conversation is just surface level and I am not sure I want to bring a topic like that up, much less on a Monday.  If I did bring it up, I wouldn’t even know what to say.  What if they question me?  What if I don’t have all the answers to any objections that they have?

This struggle isn’t foreign to many of us.  It is still a struggle for me.  When I see an opportunity at a restaurant to share the Gospel with someone I make excuses like, “Well, they look really busy.  I would hate to weigh them down and keep them from being able to get their job done.”  There is a great temptation to avoid the topic because if we talk about it then it thwarts Satan’s plan for our life.

Yesterday, we opened up the very Word of God and saw how the message of Christ’s sacrifice was, and is, for the whole world.  Remember:

He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. (1 John 2:2, ESV)

The Word of God challenges us to be obedient and to share the good news of The Gospel with someone.  Don’t hog it all for yourself.  There is a great big world out there that needs to see the love of God illuminated in their lives and He left you and I in this world to do it.  So let us go.  Let us go share His good news today and everyday because people need to know the only One who can bring hope and joy to their life.  They need to know Jesus.

Feel nervous about it?  It’s ok, we all feel that way.  Feel like you need someone to help you or show you how it’s done?  That’s fine.  In the coming weeks I will be sharing various ways to get out there and share the message.  But don’t wait until then.

The Gospel message is more than just a reiteration of factual information.  Sharing the Gospel starts with sharing your life with people:  Who you were before Christ, what He did for you that you couldn’t do (His coming, His perfection in life, His death and burial and resurrection), and who you are now as a result of His workings in your life.

If you are interested in a resource that provides a simple and easy means of sharing the Gospel I would suggest this tract:  Two Ways to Live.  We have hard copies available at the church.

Remember, God went great lengths for you and I.  He left us here to continue sharing His message of hope with others.  The only way that will happen is if we get out there and share the message!

Love you all!

For the Kingdom!

Pastor Chris