When God saved you, He called you to be His representative. You can’t have one without the other.
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20
You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth. Acts 1:8
… He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:19b
There are a number of reasons why we don’t obey God in this area…
- We’re afraid
- We’re ashamed
- We don’t care about others like we should
- We don’t know what to say
Verse 15 reminds us to be ready…
but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.
How can you be ready? Prepared to Share? Center Point offers training for this often… matter of fact one is coming up in October – be listening for it and take advantage of this training.
How we share is important too. Peter instructs us to share with gentleness and reverence. We all have heard the horror stories of people who didn’t do that. It does so much damage. Verse 16 tells us to keep a good conscience with those outside of the church.
Why is sharing our faith so important? Because the Gospel is what changes people.
For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit. (v.18)
Take a moment today and thank God for sending His Son so you could know Him. Thank Him for giving you the ministry of sharing with others. Make plans to obey these incredibly important commands.
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor