One of the main tasks of living a Christian life is to offer hope through the good news of Jesus. The disciples went before us and now it’s our turn to proclaim God’s message. In 2008, Oyster Bay Baptist Church offered a training class on how to tell what life was like before trusting Jesus, what influences a decision to follow Him, and how new life in Christ makes a difference.
In my first attempt to unfold the gospel, I was a little timid because individual family members and friends said not to push my beliefs on others. Pastor Jerry explained most people build friendships first then tell their story mixed with gospel truth so God can prepare their hearts. The first person with whom I shared the Christian message was kind enough to listen until I asked, “Would you like to invite Jesus into your life?” She said, “No, not at this time. I need to clean up my act first.” I tried to explain that God loved her now, but she changed the subject quickly. Others rejected Jesus too.
I also remember the ones who decided to accept Jesus. It took years of prayers and people interceding for my husband, Bill, to guide him to Christ before he died. Never give up on the Lord to open a door for someone to receive grace. He doesn’t want one person to head in the wrong direction. The Will of God is to allow every person to turn to Him and change the way they think and act.
God fuels those who have the desire to unfold their faith experience. He uses this get up and proclaim fuel to draw people to Him.
The Bible says, be prepared to answer everyone who asks to give the reason for the hope that we have. (1Peter 3:15). That’s why telling about our relationship with Jesus and the promises He offers from His Word is essential. I keep the following quote at the forefront of my mind; “Your life is the only Bible some people will ever read.”
For twelve years, I’ve been a promoter for Jesus, who carries a burden to encourage those who have no hope. Friends and neighbors are looking for something to hold onto in the current coronavirus crisis. Call someone today and encourage him or her in their faith or show them how to receive God’s promises. To encourage myself, I study God’s Word allowing His promises to wrap around me like a soft hug. I also concentrate on the Lord’s faithfulness in my past trials.
The only requirement to receive hope is to allow the Spirit to work. Each day, look for upcoming opportunities God gives in His message of hope for all.
What opportunities have you taken to provide hope for others?