Written by Greg Knarr
Matthew 28:18-20Jesus came and told His disciples, I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
In today’s world all we seem to DO is share. You can’t get on social media without seeing people share what they had for dinner, where they went on vacation and their feelings on almost everything else. Almost everything… The things we are most likely to share are literally the things in this life that in the grand scheme of things mean the least.
The Great Commission was Jesus’ last earthly message to his disciples. He urged all of his disciples to go and to share. If the disciples had our hesitancy to share, many books of the New Testament would have never been written. Their witness, their experiences, and their testaments to how Christ changed their lives would have been lost forever. Did they share out of a since of duty or perhaps obligation or did they share because the witnessed the true power of Jesus in their lives and the lives that Jesus touched? That true sense of urgency to share the good news. Those transformational stories of how Jesus works in the most hopeless of situations and brings peace and comfort are not only true but compelling. Everyone of us has a story of how Christ has transformed our lives. The sharing of those stories is the juice that brings people to Christ. Why hide those?
I have the opportunity to speak on various tax issues all over the country. I know it can be a really boring topic, but when I speak about the these topics I don’t quote facts and give so much of the why. I show examples. I give stories. I show impact and results.
“Facts tell stories sell”
About a year ago I got in discussion on God with a coworker. I’ll call him Ted. Ted is an atheist. So Ted asked me if I believed in God and started to want to argue facts. You could tell Ted had practiced his arguments against God. He wanted to point out areas that he didn’t think were true or to him sounded crazy. Rather than argue facts, I simply shared what Jesus had done and continues to do in my life. I SHARED my story. Ted couldn’t argue the impact or result. For me, that is uncomfortable. It is something I had to step into. Sharing an experience like a great meal or an awesome vacation is easy. Sharing how Jesus transformed your life is tough. It is definitely not for sissies.
Father, We thank you for the opportunities you give us to share Your word. We know as we share our unique stories and experiences that you are right their with us. Please help us to be more mindful of our job to SHARE Your Gospel. Give us strength, courage, and wisdom to bring more people to You. We pray all of this on Your name. Amen.