He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” - Mark 16:15 NIV
Recently I went with other pastors to a pastors’ conference. We heard from many amazing preachers who came together to teach on one central theme—evangelism. We were charged and reminded why we should never neglect the incredible power there is in telling others about Jesus. There are so many reasons why we must be people who share our faith.
Sharing our faith is evidence of our faith. When we speak to unbelievers about Jesus, we are proclaiming that Jesus is a real and personal God. One who is mighty to save. To share our faith is to verbally express that we believe God can change people’s lives (just like He has changed ours).
Sharing our faith demonstrates love and compassion. The world is lost and in darkness. It will be lost forever if people don’t believe the Good News that Jesus has come to rescue sinners. No matter the cultural tension, hostile environments, or religious barriers of His day, Jesus pursued every person He interacted with. Because of His great love, there was no barrier that He would not cross to seek and save the lost. Likewise, we must be known to demonstrate this same love for the lost.
Sharing our faith proclaims God’s mercy and offers His hope! Without hearing and believing the Gospel, our lost friends and family have no hope. To really think about that should make all our hearts sink. Yet Jesus is able and willing to save people as sinful as us; He has done the unthinkable in order to do so. How could we not want to tell everybody about such a great Savior? To quote a famous atheist, ”How much do you have to hate someone to not share your faith with them?”
My friends, you and I need to say something! God has called us to be a part of the most incredible mission in the world.
Bryan D. Edwards
The Rock Church
One-Year Bible Reading
1 Chronicles 11:1-12:18