Ever since I was a little girl I’ve wanted to tell people about Jesus and how great he is. I remember being at my cousin’s house and swinging on her hammock and sharing what I thought was the best news ever…her response was to burst into tears and run and tell her mum and dad (who were not Christians either) that I had told her she was a sinner. Much, much later in my Uni days my little group of friends prayed passionately for revival on our campus. We door knocked, held free BBQ’s, shared the gospel while clubbing and spent late nights trying to persuade people that they simply were missing out without Jesus. I shared the gospel with a train carriage full of drunk football supporters once, one guy told everyone to shut up and listen to me. In my first grown up job in Manchester the team I worked with were amazed and amused that I could still be a virgin and of course this led onto all sorts of interesting conversations. I moved to Manchester to share Jesus on the deprived estate where I still live 10 years later.
I’m positive that over the years I could have shared Jesus a million times better, but as I look back I wish I still had the boldness and bravery I did then. These days, I think I fear man far too much. Back then I didn’t seem to care if people thought I was a nutter – my desire and hope that the little seeds I was sewing might lead to people giving their lives to Jesus, outweighed it.
I’ve been reading Acts the last few days. I love reading the great commission in Matthew 28:28 to ‘go and make disciples of all nations’ and then reading later in Acts how the disciples empowered by the Holy Spirit began to share the great news of the gospel. Acts 4v12 says how Peter and John proclaimed that “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” A bold message to give then, and a bold message to share now.
I love though, how the rulers and elders of the people, “when they saw the courage of Peter and John and saw how they were unschooled, ordinary men, were astonished and took note that these men had been with Jesus.”
When I’ve ‘been with Jesus’ my desire to share him with others is SO much greater!
My prayer is that we would be so empowered by the Holy Spirit that we would be braver and our desire to share the great news of Jesus would outweigh any fear or apathy that stops us.