I almost set myself on fire last week. In preparation for moving to Middlesboro permanently I was burning some trash at my home in Tennessee. The lighter I was using broke so I absent mindedly threw it on the fire and went on tending my little blaze. Suddenly there was a sound like a gunshot and trash blew everywhere; the lighter blew up! It was awesome! I had to text my son, who is in the army at Fort Hood. His reaction was to tell me we needed to try it again when he came home on leave.
It was exciting to share my adventure.
Our lives as Christians are the ultimate adventure. We get to know and experience the presence of the God of the universe. That’s news we should be excited to share.
In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus commanded us to “go and make disciples of all nations.”
We don’t do this because we want the church we attend to be the biggest or the best. There is an arrogance in that desire that contradicts Jesus’ desire for all of his people to be united in love.
We share our faith because Jesus commanded us to do so. That word “go” is in the imperative mode, that means it’s a command He wants us to follow, not just a suggestion. We should desire to obey Jesus’ commands because we love Him for what He’s done. He gave His all for us and we should desire to give our all for Him in return.
We also share our faith because we care about people and their struggles. Philippians 2:15 calls us “stars shining in the sky” because the light of God’s love flows through his people. God’s light flowing through us provides the answer to life’s struggles. There is pain all around us; broken relationships, struggling families, anxiety, economic hardships, addictions, and lack of meaning in life. Jesus has the answer to these problems. Christians should desire to share their faith with those who are hurting. Much pain can be alleviated if God’s people would share His love with those who need it the most.
What is more exciting than presenting the love of God in a world desperate for it? We should be eager to tell others what God has done for us. Your story could be what lifts someone out of their pain and into the light of God’s love. This week, be that star Jesus wants you to be, shining his love into the darkness around you. It’ll be awesome.
Robert Morton is pastor of First Christian Church in Middlesboro.