Share Jesus

21 05 2011

by LYNN BRADY, Chicago, Illinois, USA

I’ve had many opportunities to share why I live for Jesus Christ.

When sharing why I go to church, I tell people the church building is the physical representation, and Christians are the spiritual representation of Jesus Christ. As a believer of Jesus Christ, I am confident in witnessing to others.

John 4:7–26 gives us Jesus’ example of how to share our faith. In the scripture Jesus spoke to the woman at the well when she was alone. I often find people are more open and honest when alone. When Jesus began witnessing to the woman, she was truthful in her responses, but not remorseful.

Similarly, when I speak with people, I let them know they can tell me anything, but God knows all. Sometimes that enables me to share another trait of Jesus (omnipresence). When I tell people Jesus sees all and knows all, I confirm my statement with a personal testimony of how Jesus has been with me throughout my life.

I realize that convincing someone Jesus is present and loves them can be a great challenge if they are unemployed, depressed, or without hope.

One day I met a classmate in a wheelchair. Tony wanted nothing to do with Jesus and anyone associated with him. Tony was bitter and angry at God, but I continued to testify that God was good.

I told Tony that God wasn’t punishing him. Rather, God loved him, even if he couldn’t see it. I told him God gave his son, Jesus, to die for us so we could live eternally with God. I challenged Tony to think about being killed for someone he didn’t know.

Of course, he thought it was crazy. And there was my opportunity to share Jesus’ story.

I often share about Jesus’ crucifixion and his love. The sacrifice of his life is the basis of my faith, my unflinching reliance on God. According to Hebrews 9:22 (NRSV):

Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.

And without the Resurrection there would be no promise of eternal life. The cross is a symbol of Christianity. As a Christian I am compelled to tell people the meaning of the cross and its value in my faith. I own a cross necklace. I occasionally wear it as a tangible reminder of Jesus’ sacrifice and a tool that provides opportunities to share about Jesus.

I accept that my purpose is to bring others to Christ, and that involves reflecting the quality of Christ in and through my life.

In If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat, John Ortberg writes:

Knowing when to get out of the boat and take a risk does not only demand courage; it also demands the wisdom to ask the right questions, the discernment to recognize the voice of the Master and the patience to wait for his command.

Well, I’ve gotten out of the boat. I’ve heard the Master’s voice. And I‘v e prayerfully listened to his command.

Further, Doctrine and Covenants 163:11b tells us:

There are many issues that could easily consume the time and energy of the church. However, the challenge before a prophetic people is to discern and pursue what matters most for the journey ahead.

I accept the challenge to pursue what matters most for the journey ahead, and that it is to share Jesus.

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23 05 2011
Gary Piper

Great job Lynn! Keep up the good work. Often we think the gospel is the story and good news of Jesus Christ and indeed it is but the gospel story/good news is also our story and not only our story but “their” story as well. “When I am lifted up I will draw you to me,” Jesus said and with that he drew us and “them” into his story.

Grace and PEACE,
Gary

21 05 2011
terryflowersblog

Thanks for sharing your testimony Lynn. Looking forward to having you again this fall when you return for MEADS. Blessings ~




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