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Bright, Dim or Out Completely

While talking with other women of faith a few weeks ago, the topic of “Sharing Christ” came up.  Now, I’m not talking about discussing Christ with members of your church or people you KNOW, who have a relationship with Christ.  No, I’m talking about walking up to someone and having the courage to share Jesus Christ with a complete stranger.  So many things came up in that conversation:  1) What is the best way to do it? 2) I don’t want to seem pushy 3) Walking up to people really isn’t my thing 4) I serve God in other ways, I can’t walk up to people I don’t know.  As I listened to these responses, I knew that we as Christians have a bigger responsibility than we ever have before, to share the love of Jesus with the world.

When Jesus left Earth after the resurrection, He left many commands with His Disciples.  Among those commands, one of the most important of them all (if not thee most important) said, “Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19) Jesus charged the Disciples to share the Gospel with ALL nations.  That means you and me.  That means every human being on this planet should know who Jesus is, whether they choose to believe in Him or not.  When I think about that, I mean really think about that, I am amazed.

Now shifting our minds back to 2018, people don’t share the love of Christ because “walking up to people isn’t my thing.” How dare we not open our mouths to share the goodness of God after all the ways we have been blessed in our lifetimes? We should never allow fear, uncertainty or shyness stop us from sharing the good news. We should pray and ask God to give us power and boldness to share our faith when the opportunity arises.  Let’s put things into perspective.  After Jesus ascended, leaving the Disciples to share His life with everyone forever and ever, where would we be if the Disciples were too scared to preach? Too scared to share the love of Jesus with those around them? Too scared to live a that shows they are Christians?  We all have our preferred way of worship (Baptist, Lutheran, AME, Non-Denominational) but none of that would matter if we didn’t know who Jesus was; and we would certainly not know if the Disciples neglected to teach the Gospel.

We live in a time of uncertainty.  We live in a time where there is so much horror in the world, that we often can’t tell if we are coming or going as my grandmother would say. The only thing we have to anchor us, to make a way when there seems to be no way at all, is the love of Jesus Christ.  As Christians, as followers of Jesus Christ, WE are the light of the world.  We are the only ones who can speak of the power of Jesus.  No one else can do it. So I ask you, How is YOUR light?  Is it bright, dim, or out completely? Jesus is counting on us to be the bright light in this dark world. We must let our light shine bright (Matthew 5:19). Don’t let your light dim.  NO matter how hard it seems, keep sharing the love of Jesus.  Keep sowing into the kingdom.  Stay the Course. Don’t give up (Galatians 6:9).  The ultimate reward, Jesus, will come rescue us just in the nick of time.