As Christmas nears, God is laying a mission heavily on our hearts: to go and tell the Good News of Jesus Christ. Yet, the mission is broader than that. You don’t have to go to a third-world country to share God’s grace on your life. Go to the grocery store. Go to the pharmacy. Go to a basketball game. Go to work. Go to your own church congregation; if you don’t have one, GET one*. If you pray for God to open the opportunity, He will tell you who to tell, when to tell, and what to tell. My prayer life is not nearly as hot as God or I would like for it to be, but every time the kids and I pray for God to open Josh’s eyes to an opportunity to witness, Josh has brought good news home with him. EVERY TIME!!
God wants every soul to be reached. And, he wants every Christian to do the reaching. “He said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is so great, but the workers are so few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send out more workers for his fields.'” (Matthew 9: 37-38 NLT). As we personally strive to make sharing our testimony a priority in our daily lives, we also want to encourage others to do the same. Being the introvert that I am, I struggle with making conversation with strangers and loved ones alike; but I have been praying for courage to speak for Jesus Christ. Though I didn’t realize it at first, God answered my prayer through the idea He gave Josh for a t-shirt design. (Follow the link below for the campaign which will end 12/23/15**) As mentioned in our campaign, we currently plan to use any money earned to assist with moving expenses (see previous blog, “We have a new address”). However, I believe God intended so much more to come from this than we did. The front (or back, depending on the style chosen) of the shirt reads, “Anything good you see in me is because of Jesus”, with the opposite side of the shirt broadcasting a Christogram, an emblem created from Christ’s initials. What a conversation piece!
Now, I’m not saying you have to wear this shirt to share the Good News, or that you must not believe in Jesus Christ if you don’t buy our shirt. But, I do pray that you would obey if God does call you to support our ministry. Above that, I pray that you do, in fact, believe that Jesus Christ has made a beautiful story out of your messy life, and I pray that you will share it often. Praise Him!
Everyday we encounter lost people. Everyday God shows us His grace. Let us take advantage of every opportunity to share God’s graciousness with the lost and found alike.
*If you live in Shreveport, The Refuge meets at 2441 E 70th St. at 10 am on Sundays