The red letters in my Bible are important. They are what Jesus said. As I was reading my morning devotional, God pointed these words out as I read from Luke 15.
This is what Jesus said to the Pharisees when they told him to rebuke his disciples. They were irritated that these people were shouting praises to the Son of God and they wanted him to silence them.
If we were silenced in spreading the gospel, is this what would happen? Possibly. But God’s words will never pass away. No matter how many disciples are tortured or the ridicule they endure for teaching others about Jesus being the Messiah, we will never be totally silenced. God won’t allow it!
It’s a hard concept to grasp, that where we spend eternity is much more important than the wealth we amass, the popularity we gain, or the job we have while on this earth. Our lives are but the blink of an eye in the scheme of things, but how we choose to spend our time will have an impact on whether we go to heaven or hell.
Sharing the message that Jesus is the Son of God and he has risen from the grave. He has paid the price for my (and your) salvation. The gift is before you, all you need to do is accept it. Our task is not to make sure that every person excepts God before we share with the next one. We just have to plant the seed. God will do the rest. He’s the one that can change hearts.
Even atheists have seen the light God offers as they’ve tried to prove that God doesn’t exist. Some of the most callous prisoners have had God change their lives. Sometimes it takes hitting absolute rock bottom before we are willing to seek the Lord. It may take the complete destruction of a person’s life before they are willing to admit they are weak and need help.
What does matter is that there is a change of heart. Saying that you accept Jesus, but remain living as they did in the past shows a lack of conviction. When we accept Jesus, we will want to tell others about him!
If you haven’t declared Jesus as your Savior, I urge you find a church or someone you know that’s a Christian and learn more about who Jesus is. Why do Christians have hope for tomorrow when the world is crashing down around us? Saying a prayer is not what will save a person. Genuinely seeking to learn who God is and opening their heart to accepting the gospel as the truth is what will lead them to Jesus. He came to reach the sinners. You don’t have to be perfect before you walk into a church. We’re all sinners. The church is here to help save people not condemn them.
Well, there you are. Jesus wants us to tell others about him, not keep it a secret. Go tell them the Good News!