I read a humorous story of a guy who prayed this prayer every morning: “Lord, if you want me to witness to someone today, please give me a sign to show me who it is.” One day he found himself on a bus when a big, burly man sat next to him. The bus was nearly empty but this guy sat next to our praying friend. The timid Christian anxiously waited for his stop so he could exit the bus. But before he could get very nervous about the man next to him, the big guy burst into tears and began to weep. He then cried out with a loud voice, “I need to be saved. I’m a lost sinner and I need the Lord. Won’t somebody tell me how to be saved?” He turned to the Christian and pleaded, “Can you show me how to be saved?” The believer immediately bowed his head and prayed, “Lord, is this a sign?”
We have been talking about the Good News of salvation for several weeks now. Defining what that Good News is and our calling and responsibility to share it with the world. Today we focus on a little evaluation of our efforts. It is hard to measure but we need to ask the difficult questions of ourselves. Are we as reluctant to share as the guy in the above story or are we aware of the white fields around us and engaged in the work of the harvest? Jesus told John’s disciples to go back and report on what they were witnessing. What would be their report on our efforts? Something to think about and pray about. Good News is for sharing. Spread the word.
Last week, Rick issued a serious challenge: for all of us to pray about our role in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. Sadly, some Christians go most of their lives only giving minimal thought to this task. All Christians should feel a sense of duty and purpose in helping to fulfill the Great Commission. So I would reiterate Rick’s question: “What is my role in sharing the Good News?”
This week, we’ll be adding some fuel to this thought. In asking any question, it is only wise to consider the results of the choices. Today we will be asking, “What happens when I share the good news of Jesus?” As we will see in Romans 10, there are drastic results when Christians decide to take the mantle of “disciple-maker”. I hope that today will help us to more clearly see God’s purpose for the body of Christ and the call to “make disciples of all nations.”
We have just experienced a great week of VBS. A special “thank you” goes out to the staff, whose tremendous efforts made it possible for our young people to learn about God’s love for us and enjoy a special time of fun with friends. I am not sure we have ever had such an elaborate theme décor. I think it qualified as an “extreme building makeover.” With all of the love possible, the word of God was planted in the hearts of over 50 youngsters and we will never know this side of heaven what the fruit of that effort will be. What we do know is that this team was being faithful to the calling we have as believers to reach out with this “Good News”.
In our text this morning we see Jesus moving about, going where people were and meeting their needs. He was modeling ministry for us. Jesus didn’t sit back and wait for the people to come to Him, He went out where the people were. Nowhere does the Bible command lost sinners to come to church…but it does command us to “go out into the highways and hedges and compel people to come in.” (Luke 14:23) Do you like it here at Eastview? Are you thankful for your church family? Would you like to share it with many others? Ok then, go ahead! We have room for more, let’s go get them! We must not neglect people whether they live in a mansion or a slum, are upper class or lower class, up and coming or down and out…our job is to be the salt of the earth, (Matt. 5:13) and we must get the salt out of the shaker and encourage people to come and dine!