Have you ever been bored? As a child, I would often find myself looking for a new game, activity or TV show to pass the time. As a Christian, I have found an activity in the perfect will of God that puts an end to boredom.
How would you like to personally play a part in fulfilling biblical scripture?
Jesus said “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel” (ref Mark 16:15) and “you shall be witness to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.” (ref Acts 1:8) If you live in North America, as I do, our location is 'the end of the earth' in relation to Jerusalem. So every time you witness and share the Gospel in North America you are fulfilling the scriptures in a way that the apostles never did. That's exciting!
Start sharing your faith today and I guarantee you will never be bored again. I have meet some of the most unique and interesting people from around the world. Just from reaching out to others with the good news of Jesus, I have heard amazing stories that I would have not heard otherwise. There is no need to be shy about asking people where they are from or what type of spiritual background they have. People love to talk about themselves and will often tell you more than you can imagine. Whether Muslim, Hindu, Atheist, Mormon or Jehovah Witness most people are willing to have a conversation. If you need help with conversation starters see Adventures in Witnessing Volume Four. Many of whom I witness to have never heard the Gospel message until I shared it with them. What an honor to be the very first person to communicate God’s plan of salvation to someone.
There is no greater adventure, on this side of heaven, than sharing your faith with others. Know that God is the one who saves but we are called to be soul winners. How do we win souls? By planting and watering seeds of truth into the lives of others with love.
Look at 1Corinthians 3:6-8 where Paul says, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.”
Did you catch that? We all play apart in leading someone to the Lord. Any steps you take in directing someone to Jesus is not in vain. Whether it’s passing out a tract, inviting someone to church or being able to share the entire Gospel message. It all counts!
So, Go Out & Reach!
Global Outreach Day May 25th 2019
In the first Seven Miles From Jerusalem we started digging into the scriptures looking at how Jesus is found in the Old Testament. The Passover shows us God’s providential protection and foreshadowed the atoning work accomplished by Jesus on the cross. This theme of provision and protection is found frequently and here are just few more examples.
Noah’s Ark: Genesis Chapter 6-9
There came a time when wickedness was great on the earth and God was grieved in His heart. So the Lord said “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But God showed Grace to Noah and his family, instructing them to build an ark. The ark was a picture of Jesus. If Noah and his family stay inside the ark they are protected from the wrath of God being poured out on the earth. The New Testament is replete with statements about believers being ‘In Christ’. As we hold fast to Jesus we are in Him like being in the ark, safe and secure.
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. John 3:36
Rahab the Harlot: Joshua Chapter 2 & Chapter 6
Before the Israelites conquered Jericho two spies were sent to survey the land. As the authorities were in pursuit they escaped with the help of a woman named Rahab. Because of her kindness they agreed to honor her request for protection from the upcoming invasion and destruction of her city. On the day that Jericho fell, Rahab and her family were kept safe as they followed the instructions to stay inside their home with a scarlet rope hanging from the window. Just as the scarlet blood of Jesus marks and sets us apart Rahab’s scarlet rope marked her family for protection. Rahab not only turned away from prostitution but became a faithful Israelite who is found in the genealogy of Jesus.
Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. Romans 5:9
The Bronze Serpent: Numbers Chapter 21
As the children of Israel journeyed through the wilderness they became discouraged and spoke against God and Moses. They complained about their condition since leaving Egypt. The Lord sent poisonous snakes among them and many people died. After they repented for their attitudes the Lord told Moses to make a bronze serpent on a pole. If anyone looked upon the bronze serpent, as Moses held it up, they would not be harmed. In His conversation with Nicodemus, Jesus refers to this event and applies it to Himself… ‘And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.’ John 3:14-15
Imagery of the bronze serpent on a pole is very prevalent in our society today. Most hospitals, firetrucks and ambulances have it displayed. In the same way the Israelites were to keep their eyes on the bronze serpent we are to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and what He did on the cross. He died for us, rose from the dead and grants everlasting life to all who believe. Opening the door to Heaven and providing a way to escape the torment of a place prepared for those who have rejected Him.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more!
Follower of Jesus