Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – July 24, 2019
The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus. John 1:41-42
Those who experience the abiding joy of Jesus cannot sit still with their new discovery. Lost souls who have seen the love of the Lord forgive their sin, are compelled to love their friends to the Lord. People who once panicked in fear, but now have peace with their heavenly Father, must share with others their hope in Christ. The fullness of the Spirit in a saved soul bids believers to bring people to Jesus. We who know Jesus are called by God to introduce others to Jesus.
You may say, “I am not a great debater,” or “I have limited experience following Christ,” or God forbid, “I am not a professional Christian.” See these statements as assets, not liabilities. A knowledge of apologetics is helpful, but not necessary to explain the depth of God’s love in John 3:16. Yes, you have the opportunity to grow your faith with life’s ups and downs. But, from the start of salvation you can tell your story, “Once I was spiritually blind, but now I see.” Lastly, those in vocational ministry are paid to serve, but you can serve as a grateful and generous volunteer.
“Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in Him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did” (John 4:39).
Once we introduce people to our best friend Jesus, He will invite them unto Himself. The Holy Spirit will reveal the needy heart of the seeker and the holy heart of their Savior Christ Jesus. He initiates irresistible intimacy their soul longs to enjoy. We make the introductions, but the Spirit draws hungry hearts to know Him in a loving relationship for a lifetime. We plant a seed of Scripture, the Spirit waters the Word with conviction, and God harvests the heart for Himself.
Furthermore, be creative with your invitations to Jesus. Invite your family to Easter Sunday and lunch after the church service. Invite a co-worker to a men or women’s weekend retreat with you. Scholarship their registration fee so there are fewer obstacles to their attendance. Host a Bible study on the life of Jesus, with a few friends who are interested in learning Christ’s claims. Invite a neighbor to a prayer breakfast to hear the story of how a respected leader came to the Lord. Most of all, prayerfully ask individuals who trust you, if they would like to trust Jesus.
“They said to the woman, ‘We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world’” (John 4:42).
Heavenly Father, give me the courage, love and grace to boldly speak salvation through faith in Jesus.
Who do I know that I can share the good news of Jesus Christ with?
Those who know Jesus are called by God to help others know Jesus. #goandtell #wisdomhunters #Jesus
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