When Jesus was alive on earth, he had the intention to teach people about a life with God. Jesus saw that hundreds, sometimes thousands, of people around him were looking for answers to life’s questions. His heart broke for them. In Matthew 9:35 it describes how he did this, “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.” Jesus wants us to be closer to God and to live in the peace that only God can provide. It goes on to say in verse 36, “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”
Now here you are, living in the 21st century reading online about God. Probably wondering how you fit into God’s plan for the world. It is no mistake that you live in this day in age! He has placed you in this time in history, with your unique abilities, talents and interests for a reason. Sometimes in the Christian world, we get caught up by what we can and can’t do based on our skill level. This stops us from growing and seeing how God might use us.
For example, I don’t think I am a good hostess. I get nervous of what people will think of me: will my house look good enough? Will the food taste right? What am I forgetting to say or do? And by the end of it, I think, “These people will probably never want to come over again!” But still I invite people over and each time it gets a little easier and more fun. Recently, I hosted my son’s first birthday party and we had a house full of close friends and family. Those insecurities started to creep up in me, but by the end of the day, I wasn’t worried about them because I’ve learned over time how to be a better hostess. My sister-in-law came up to me later and told me what a good job I did of hosting the party. It made me happy because I have been working on this skill, stretching my comfort zone to pull off this very important celebration.
It’s okay if you feel hesitant to share about God. This is a great time to start and experience what it is like to tell someone about Jesus’ love and hope. Every step of faith counts. God delights in it! In fact, Jesus has specifically told all of His followers to share and to teach others through discipleship about himself. In Matthew 28:19-20 Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always even to the end of the age.” Wow, did you hear that? God is asking you to do this! This isn't a commission just for those who are specifically gifted in this area, but a commission for all those who believe in Jesus as their Lord.
Unfortunately, too often Christians don’t get the importance of this commission. They don’t see that their time on earth is limited and they pass up opportunities to grow God’s kingdom for his glory. Matthew 9:37-38 says it best, “Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out the workers into his harvest field.’” So no matter what your abilities, talents and interests are, go and tell the world about Jesus!
What would it look like for you step out in faith today and start a conversation with someone who doesn't know Jesus?
Hedy is a graduate of Fort Lewis College with a BA in Psychology. She is married with a son. She can't get enough of God and works for Master Plan Ministries at Three Trails Ranch in Durango, CO. Before coming to Colorado, Hedy grew up in Sitka, Alaska.
Hedy loves to hunt and fish with her best hunting partner, her husband! Most recently she has been hunting in Colorado and Kansas. When she has a free moment or two, Hedy enjoys to knit and bake bread.
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