This blog is focused on discipleship. It’s my hope the words written here will instruct and encourage you to live your life wholly devoted to Christ and to become the person He created you to be. Much of my own life is spent learning more about Jesus and what it looks like to walk in His footsteps. My passion is to see others embrace and love Him for the holy and magnificent God He is. But I’d be remiss if I didn’t write from time to time on something even more important than devoting your life to Christ.
There are still billions of people on this planet who have never experienced the love of Jesus. They don’t know Him like you and I do. Sadder still is the fact there are hundreds of millions who have never heard the gospel even once. Worst of all, these are all people who are destined for an eternity separated from God’s love, mercy, and presence.
My goal is to activate disciples who will tell others about Jesus and in turn, disciple them to create strongly rooted, deeply devoted followers of Christ. But it all begins with telling someone about Jesus. We cannot be content with deepening our own faith and even the faith of others. Our primary focus must always be on taking the good news of Jesus to those who have not heard.
This isn’t about being a missionary to a remote part of the earth, although it certainly is a part of it. Mostly it’s about making sure everyone in your sphere of influence has been exposed to the good news of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. If we don’t tell them, who will? We cannot leave something so important up to someone else. It is our job and our calling. Jesus gave the same mission to each of his followers, and that is to go and tell (Matthew 28:18-20).
I want you to fall in love with Jesus, and the desire of my heart is each of you will experience the height and depth of His love. But we all must remember this isn’t the point. Our primary focus must be reaching others for Christ. We are His hands and feet. We have been commissioned to go and tell. If we shirk our responsibility, we are damning untold numbers of people to Hell. Jesus has put individuals in your path today who do not know Jesus. We must seize the opportunity and share his love with them.
I don’t think beginning every conversation with, “Do you know Jesus?” will be very effective. You’ll soon wear out your welcome. However, if we will genuinely love every person we encounter the way Jesus loved them, many times such a simple but extraordinary habit will steer the conversation in a way that will give you an opening to talk about Jesus. When that happens, don’t shy away. You’ve got to take that God-ordained moment and seize it with both hands.
Don’t be afraid and never be ashamed. You cannot be a disciple without telling others about the source of Your hope and strength. Don’t keep Jesus to yourself. It’s not enough to know Him. We’ve got to share Him. Go and tell everyone you meet what Jesus has done for you and for them. It’s the duty of every disciple.