The scripture is an interesting mix today. It presents
some interesting challenges to believers. And there’s a humorous sidelight
for me. In Acts, Paul goes to the synagogue in Antioch and greets the
Jews there as his brothers. He proclaims to them the good news of Christ.
He points out to them that Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s promise described
in the second Psalm. In John, Jesus comforts the disciples. He
tells them to believe in him. Jesus tells them that he is going to
prepare a place for them and that he will come back for them. It’s
encouraging to me that Thomas was right there, talking to Jesus and he still
didn’t understand. It makes me feel a little better when I read scripture
and don’t always understand.
We live in a society that tells us to mind our own business. Be a good citizen. Live and let live. If someone is doing good deeds, why do they need to hear about Jesus? If someone has all the material comforts they can find in life, why would they need to hear about Jesus? Well, because Christ says so. Christ’s challenge is compounded by the fact that believers are not all angels. Who am I to tell someone that Jesus is the way? The Body of Christ is filled with people who do bad things and are hypocrites. I’m a prime example. So should that be an excuse not to spread the Good News? No. I will never be as good as Christ, but that cannot be my excuse for not telling people about him. Paul walked into the synagogue in Antioch, probably filled with good people, and told them about Jesus. This is a hard challenge for me. I don’t feel worthy or adequate to present Christ to others. I hate rejection. I’m easily embarrassed. I don’t want to offend. What if I drive people away from Jesus? And yet Jesus puts it out there, right in front of us. What a challenge. Sometimes it seems like a formidable task. So how do we do it? To be honest I don’t have many answers. I think scripture, trust, prayer, example and obedience are keys. My prayer today is for all of those around the world presenting the Gospel.
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