Easter is coming up in just a couple of days and if there is one thing that has been prevalent in my mind this week, it’s the Gospel – the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. What a beautiful story! I am so grateful for what Christ did for me and how the Gospel has transformed my life. Aren’t you?
But when I think of the Gospel story, I also think of the hundreds of thousands of people who have never heard it.
They don’t know the true reason we are celebrating this Sunday; they’ve never heard the name Jesus; their lives have never been transformed by His saving power.
Recently, a couple of pastors from Iraq came to our church and shared their testimonies. As they spoke, I felt God convicting my heart as I realized – these men risk their lives every day to share the Gospel, while I have the freedom to share it, yet how often do I choose not to?
Sharing the Gospel is something that we have to be (and should be!) intentional about doing. It rarely happens by accident. Today, I want to encourage us to be Christian young women who are intentional and passionate about sharing the Gospel message – the same message that has transformed our lives.
Make a decision.
Until we make a conscious decision to be intentional about sharing the Gospel, the truth is, we probably won’t. How do I know? Because I’ve made this mistake! It’s easy to get caught up with life and never take the time to think about the people around us who are lost and on their way to Hell. We have to make the conscious decision to give sharing the Gospel priority in our lives. Let’s remember what Christ has done for us and choose to share it with others.
Pray for opportunities.
Another (big!) way to be more intentional about sharing the Gospel is to pray for opportunities to share it. God’s will is that we share the Gospel so we can be assured that when we ask Him for opportunities to share, He will answer! Personally, I sometimes get scared to pray this prayer because I do believe He will answer. And, honestly, sharing the Gospel isn’t always easy! We have to be willing to push aside any fear, insecurity, or even embarrassment we may have, and boldly ask God to give us opportunities to share His Word. And then we have to trust – trust that He will be with us and that His Spirit will give us the power we need to share the life-changing message of the Gospel.
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Acts 1:8
Take advantage of relationships.
One of the most powerful opportunities we have for sharing the Gospel is right within our own relationships. We all have people in our lives who don’t know Christ. Who better to tell them about Him than us! Remember the Maniac of Gadara from Mark 5? This is what Jesus told him:
Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee. Mark 5:19
This man wanted to go with Jesus, but Jesus was trying to get him to understand the impact he could have by simply going home and sharing with his family and friends what Christ had done for Him
You and I can have that same impact!
If our lives are consistent with the message of the Gospel, then those who know us will be willing to listen to us share it.
Not only should we find ways to share the Gospel with people we already know, but we should be seeking to build relationships for the express purpose of sharing the Gospel. Think about your life right now. Is there someone you could reach out to who needs to hear the Gospel? It could be a classmate, the lady who just moved in next door, a co-worker you don’t know very well, or the barista at your favorite coffee shop. I don’t know who it is in your life, but there is someone in each of our lives with whom we can build a relationship and, as God leads, share the Gospel.
Make a plan
Goals and a plan are always necessary whenever we want to accomplish anything and that includes sharing the Gospel. Don’t just decide to be intentional about sharing the Gospel, but make a plan to see your decision through. Set some goals. For example:
- hand out Gospel tracts to the people I come in contact with
- witness to 3 people this month
- pray & look for 1 new person to build a relationship with for the purpose of sharing the Gospel
- talk to a co-worker or girl in my class about Christ
(By the way, I made up a little worksheet to help you out with this! Check it out below.)
Let’s admit it – we are all really good at getting excited about things like this and even making the decision to do it. The difficult part is actually following through with the decision we have made. And that’s where accountability steps in. Find someone (a parent, a friend, a sibling) who can help encourage you in your decision and keep you accountable to the plan and goals you have set for yourself. Or even better, find someone to take on this challenge with you so that you can encourage each other to stay faithful to the decisions you have made.
Our love for God and gratitude for what He has done for us should motivate us to be intentional about sharing the Gospel story
Everyone may not respond the way we want them to, but let’s be faithful to do what He has called us to do – share the Gospel – and let Him take care of the rest. Don’t underestimate the power of planting a simple seed in someone else’s life!
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16
What about you?
Is sharing the Gospel something that comes easy or hard to you?
What are things that help you be more intentional about sharing the Gospel to those in your life?