“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
There was a time, not so long ago, where I believed that I had a personal relationship with Jesus; personal. For me, I acted like it was personal. I didn’t share my faith with anyone. I was afraid of being ridiculed or excluded. This was something I had to pray about and overcome. Just like an evil spirit of fear, I had to cast it off me.
Now I’ve found that my relationship with God before I was sharing the Good News and after are a night and day difference. I seem to have an inner feeling of purpose that wasn’t there before. I find that, as I don’t write articles on weekends, I am longing for Monday’s to get here again so I can get back to writing.
“And then he told them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.’”
Jesus came so that we could have life, and life abundantly (John 10:10b). Jesus’ message is made available to anyone and everyone. Salvation is a free gift of God through His grace, and this too is available to anyone and everyone.
However, without Salvation, a person is doomed to certain death in the eternal pit of Hell. This is unavoidable. The bible tells us that Jesus is the only Way (John 14:6), and without Jesus, the person will perish.
The bible describes God’s Wrath in end times and the Eternal punishment to follow. It describes all who are destined to suffer there. But it also tells of the Good News of Jesus, and how this act of love has made it possible for all to forgo eternal suffering, and instead, enjoy Eternal Life in the Kingdom of Heaven.
What is this Good News?
Jesus, who is the Word of God, came to earth as a human to make atonement to God for our sins. He, who was without sin, took all the sins of the world (mine, yours, and everyone’s) upon Himself and was tried as a criminal. His punishment was crucifixion on a cross. When He did this, He paid the price once and for all for our wrongdoings. This made us who put our faith in Jesus right with God.
Also, as an added bonus, God raised Jesus up from the dead three days later (the resurrection), and by doing this, Jesus overcame the power of death and sin. He effectively broke all our chains of bondage to Satan and set us free. (Sadly, not all believers understand this.)
Now, anyone who desires, can come to Jesus for Salvation and freedom. In doing this, any person can be made right with God. The only requirement is that we confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in our heart that God raised Him from the dead (Romans 10:9). And, this is it. There is nothing more to do to be saved. This is the Good News of Jesus.
“But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, ‘How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!’”
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Teach others to teach others
“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”
God is a multiplier. It doesn’t matter what it is; bread, fish, our finances – God multiplies stuff. This is His natural character. This is also what He wants of each of us, too. In this Scripture, Jesus is telling us to go and make disciples of all the nations. Just like an apprentice eventually becomes a Master who takes on new apprentices who will eventually become Masters, Jesus wants us to learn and then teach others.
How can we be multipliers? Well, first we must learn how to walk with Jesus and then, how to teach others to walk with Jesus. Who can do this? Anyone who is willing.
Every single one of us is given certain skills and talents. Also, when we accept Jesus, we are given spiritual gifts to share with others. We should first operate right where we are. There are people who use their known skills and talents to share Jesus with others. Skateboarders share with other skaters; musicians play music that glorifies God; writers and authors write about God. You can start right where you are.
Learn to walk with Jesus
We are saved by the Grace of God if we simply accept Jesus and believe in Him. However, there is much more to living as a Christian. Building a relationship with God is done by intimate time spent with Him each day. Every time we sit down and read His Word, the bible, and pray to Him, we are communicating directly with Him. The bible is God’s thoughts and directions for how we should live as Christians.
An excellent resource that can help you with learning to walk with Jesus is Ten Steps Toward Christ: Journey to the Heart of God, by Jimmy Evans.
The more we learn the bible, the wiser we get and the more understanding we gain. We also gain in discernment, which helps us know what is good or evil. As we turn away from sinful living and towards God, we refine our relationship with God. We won’t know the fullness of the Wisdom of God until we are one day in Heaven with Him, but for now, we can keep learning and growing. This is basic obedience to God; building a relationship with Jesus and walking in His Will, and not according to our sinful nature.
Teach others to walk with Jesus
Obedience to God includes sharing our knowledge with others who don’t know Jesus yet. We are told that not everyone will accept this Good News (Romans 10:16), but we are still called to share it. Jesus tells us in Matthew 10:14 to go and share His Message and if the people aren’t willing to accept it, to leave and shake the dust from our feet. This means, we aren’t called to save people. We are only called to share the Message of Salvation with others. The matter of Salvation is up to God.
An excellent resource for helping you to share your faith with others by Ray Comfort, School Of Biblical Evangelism: 101 Lessons: How To Share Your Faith Simply, Effectively, Biblically… The Way Jesus Did
When we do go out and share the Message with someone, and that person believes, we should be willing to help that person to learn how to first, walk with Jesus, and second, how they, too, can share the Message with others.
It’s not always possible for each of us to be available to coach others, so what we can do is give some basic information on their next steps. Also, we can let them know that the Message of Salvation is meant to be shared with others. Let them know, as they learn, they too, should share the Message in the same way. This creates a multiplying effect.
You might only share your faith with one person, but that person might go forth and start a ministry that leads thousands per year to Christ. You never know!
We are rewarded for our works
Salvation is a free gift and cannot be earned or purchased. It can only be received through faith in Christ. (I must emphasize this here because there are teachings out there right now that say that we also must do this or that or that there are other ways to go to Heaven.) However, the bible talks about rewards and storing up treasures in Heaven. What’s this all about?
The work that we do to glorify God and to help advance His Kingdom might seem like it’s all for free. But we are assured that there are treasures in Heaven; the kind that won’t rot or rust or be stolen (Matthew 6:19-20). I don’t know exactly what these rewards and treasures will be, but I know they will be eternal.
We are told not to waste much time chasing money and other material possessions because this world is very temporary and the things we gain here could be taken. We are told to instead, focus on doing things that will have a lasting effect.
The parable of the talents found in Matthew 25:14-30 describes three servants who were given a certain amount of money to manage while the owner was gone. Two doubled the money, and to them, many more responsibilities were given. However, one of them only safely stored the money, and to him, the Master was furious. He took away the money, and all that he had, and cast him out of his kingdom.
We can look at this parable and replace the “money” with; “Knowledge of Jesus Christ.” We who are told about Jesus and believe are entrusted with valuable knowledge. When we multiply this valuable asset by sharing with others, God is well-pleased with us. One day when we go to Heaven, He will say to us; “Well done good and faithful servant. You have been faithful with what I’ve given you, so now I will make you ruler of many.”
God does want each of us to share our faith. I wrote this article because of the times around us right now. This world is moving into the same kind of wickedness that was seen in the days of Noah; remember the great flood that God sent to reset the population and start over? God’s Judgment is once again, looming on the horizon. But this time, He’s coming to separate the wheat from the chaff once and for all.
In these current days, society is doing what it can to snuff out the light of Jesus. Society wants nothing to do with Jesus. Why Jesus? Because, the devil knows it’s only through Jesus that people are saved. God wants us to learn His teachings by studying the bible daily, and then He wants us to go out and share the true Gospel of Jesus with people all around us.
Not all of us are called to share the message from the street corners, but we can all pray to ask God to put people in our path who He’s prepared their hearts to receive His Message. The enemy is attacking children and teenagers the most right now, but he is also working to divide churches and families. Each one of us who know the truth of Jesus hold the key to help those who are struggling.
Seek God in this matter and be willing to obey. Who knows what God has planned for you and through you!
If you don’t have a relationship with Jesus, you can follow this link (Prayer for Salvation) to find out how. Also, if you need prayer for your life or your family, feel free to fill out a private prayer request in the provided prayer box in this article. My wife and I would love to pray for you.