Many of us would say that we are not called to preach. However, one of the weaknesses of the modern church is that it has raised preachers up on too high of a pedestal. It isn’t fair to those of us who preach, and it belittles the role of every follower of Jesus. The truth is when Jesus commanded all the followers gathered on the mountain when he Ascended (this was 100- 500 people) he was speaking to all followers.
‘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.”‘ Matthew 28:19-20 https://my.bible.com/bible/111/MAT.28.19-20
In these instructions he tells all followers to “make disciples” and to “teach”. Both of these indicate that we are called to speak up and speak out the great message of hope in having a relationship with Jesus Christ. Speaking and sharing this hope isn’t just the preachers or evangelists job. It is the job of every Christian.
It is our mission to deliver the greatest message ever given. Yet, many people claiming to follow are afraid to share. Many say they are simply too busy.
Imagine having this most awesome message and never saying one word about it. Today pray and ask God how you can better share the Gospel message with the community in which He has placed you.
What can we learn from Peter about sharing, speaking this awesome truth to the world?
- Speak to them from the boldness of God’s Spirit within you. Peter was only bold enough that day, because the Holy Spirit had fallen upon them. This was his source of power and knowledge. God can and will enable us to do the same with the people He puts in our lives to share with.
- Be ready to back up your witness with Biblical truth. Several times Peter uses verses from the known Bible to emphasize that this was really from God. This doesn’t mean you have to quote an abundance of Scripture, but you should know enough to point others to the truth of the hope the Bible proclaims.
- Connect with them in order to share the eternal hope of Jesus. Peter started with events that had only occurred fifty days before. The death and resurrection were still fresh on the minds of all in Jerusalem. Many people came to Pentecost wondering what Jesus’s followers were doing. They were looking to see if they would proclaim Jesus now that he had been removed. We can try to find current events of our community to make connection to the truth of Scripture.
- Be sure to share the Gospel Hope. Peter was clear to remind people of Jesus’s death. He was also just as clear about sharing the truth of his resurrection and the hope he had in the resurrection for himself.
- Be ready to lead them into becoming a part of Christ’s family. When the people asked what to do. Peter told them, “Repent and be baptized.” We can’t just tell people about the hope of Jesus we have to be ready to lead them to salvation through repentance and acceptance.
For Thought & Discussion
- How can we help to make sure we are better prepared to share the Gospel hope with others?
- What can we do to make sure to keep our conversation relevant to the people we may have opportunity to share with?
- Why do you think we sometimes feel inadequate to share and witness as boldly as Peter did?
- Pray and ask God to show you who you can speak to, and what to share with them today.
May God bless your journey today