I remember my senior year of seminary in 1978. We were required to meet with the professors and listen to their assessment of our fitness for Christian ministry. One of the professors I had to meet with was not a champion of my style of ministry. In fact he was quite liberal and I was quite conservative. I was expecting the worst. I got a strange surprise.
We meet in his office for about two hours. He asked lots of questions. Finally he said, “You are strong in your beliefs and for the most part you are historically correct. However don’t be surprised if someone shoots you because you’re going to rub a lot of people the wrong way.” As I tried to absorb what he was saying, he made one final comment. “Because you speak the truth of Jesus Christ be thankful if anyone ever shows up to hear what you have to say.”
Does anyone care what you have to say? Most people in life politely ignore us. Once in a while someone actually pays attention. It is easier to go through life with your mouth shut than it is to inject your ideas. Jesus, however, does not give those who follow him a choice. Listen closely to what he says about you and me.
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
I Corinthians 5: 8 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, owe are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Did you get Jesus’ command and point? You carry, by faith in him, the most important message in the universe. If we fail to share that message it is not going to be heard. It is our responsibility to speak clearly and compellingly to truth of Jesus Christ whether others want to hear or not.
What message do we have to share?
- By our very nature we are born alienated from God the Father and one another.
- While we were still alienated from God the Father, God the Son Jesus died for our sins and gave us his mission.
- By faith in him we confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in our heart that God raised him from the dead.
- The moment we believe we have passed from death to life eternal.
- We are now his disciples, ambassadors of this good news, sharing with as many who will listen that Jesus indeed loves them.
Become articulate; speak up for Jesus; be his voice to your family, neighbors, co-workers and friends. What you have to share is vital and quite frankly the greatest story ever told!