I once met a man who told me of his search for meaning in life _ how he had pursued it by using money, alcohol, success, promiscuity _ every vice imaginable until one day he was surfing radio stations and heard a sermon on a Christian radio station and it changed his life because he had discovered Jesus.
That’s a great story but what he said next really got my attention: “What’s incredible is that there were Christians living on both sides of me. We lived there for years and yet they never talked to me about Jesus _ they didn’t even invite me to church for Easter. We talked about baseball, camping, our jobs, the weather _ but they never brought up Jesus.
Then when I became a Christian I told them how Jesus had changed my life and invited them to church. They said that they already had a church and go every week. Here all this time I thought they were going to breakfast on Sunday morning.”
In Matthew 28 Jesus gave the marching orders for the church: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
What that passage boils down to is sharing our faith in Jesus. I know some of you are thinking that you can’t do this. You are too shy _ you don’t know enough about the Bible _ they wouldn’t want to hear it anyway. Well those are excuses that don’t cut it.
Listen, we’ve a story to tell the world. It’s a message that can make a huge difference in people’s lives, including ours. So be sensitive to the leading of the Spirit _ focus on telling others about Jesus _ then let them respond. It’s connecting with another person so that they will be connected to Christ.