Why would we not want to share the Gospel with others?
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Sharing: It is a lesson that we learn about from a young age. We know that it is a good thing to do. But it can often be difficult, especially when it is something like a huge slice of delicious chocolate cake. Why share that piece of cake with another person, when the whole thing could be yours? Why share something that good with someone else?
When I read this passage often known as “The Great Commission”, I am challenged to think about how I share the Gospel with others. I also think about how amazing God is and how loving it was that he sent his Son to save us. I think about how as followers of Christ we will get to live with God for eternity. I think about how good the Gospel is and how I cannot let others go by without hearing about it.
We should be people who love God and love Jesus so much that we cannot live life without sharing the Gospel. It really is that good. But unlike a slice of chocolate cake, the Gospel message of Jesus is unlimited and it is free. And so we should follow Jesus’ words and we should “go” proclaim his message: whether that is through intentionally asking questions about a friend’s faith, inviting people along to church, or asking if they’d like to read the Bible with us. There are so many ways that we can witness to our friends, family and colleagues about God and about what his Son has done for us. It is also good to be prayerful about opportunities that allow us to speak to others and for wisdom and words to say in such situations.
We should not forget also that we have comfort and security in Christ. We have Christ with us always, and so we should be bold and confident to proclaim the good news of the Gospel to our friends and family. Why would we not want to share it with others?
Head: How does Jesus’ death help you think about sharing the Gospel with others?
Heart: What do you find difficult or challenging about talking to others about Jesus?
Hands: What things can you do in order to share the Gospel with others this week?
Prayer: Dear Lord, I praise you for what Jesus has done for me on the cross. Please help me to be reminded that it is worth sharing with everybody. Help me to be bold and courageous, in order that through your Spirit I may tell others about Jesus and the joy it is to follow you. Amen.
A song to listen to: Joy