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This is the first post in a series I’m starting called “Things Jesus Didn’t Say.” We’re going to talk about things that the church, as a whole, tends to act in a way that Jesus said. These posts will probably all be short and “sweet.”
One major thing Jesus did not say? “Don’t talk about me.” In fact, he directly commands us to do the exact opposite, all over the world. That, my friends, is quite the conundrum. He tells us this in the Great Commission:
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8 NIV).
How can we continue to live our lives as if Jesus never commissioned us to tell the world about Him when he so directly did? How can we live as if we have no purpose when Jesus gave us our life’s mission in Acts 1:8?
Doesn’t your hurting friend need Jesus just as much as you do every day? When we fail to tell others about His great love for us, we are being selfish. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that you should go get a bunch of gospel tracts and hand them out to your neighbors. Maybe try a more personable approach, like having a conversation? Yeah, it’s hard at first, but you’ll get to the point where what you care more about is honoring God and that person’s soul than whether you offend them. They’ll get over it, or maybe they won’t. But you’ll know that you reached out because you love them and care about their eternity.
Even if they don’t respond positively, you can continue to pray for them and hope that they do change their hearts. If you’re walking in step with the Holy Spirit and that person can see in you the grace and love that they need, they’ll probably come around. If they don’t, it’s not your job to save them, but it is your responsibility to talk to them about the one who saved your soul. And why wouldn’t you want to talk to them about your Jesus?
Have other ideas of things Jesus didn’t say that you’d like us to write about? Please share your thoughts!