Sharing the good news of the Gospel
Have you ever tried giving someone directions when you knew how to get there, but you didn’t know the street names? The conversation might have gone something like… “well you go for a while, maybe five or six miles, and when you come to the second stop light, make a right, I think there’s a gas station on the corner, go another mile or two through two or three intersections then just after the shopping mall you’ll pass a large white building, it’ll be on the left corner…”, you get the point. There is a very good chance that these directions might be hard for some people to follow. They could easily get confused and might not get where they needed to go.
When we are sharing the Gospel with someone, we are leading them down a path of understanding. We want folks to clearly comprehend the importance of each step of the Gospel message and we want them to appreciate the major impact this news will have on there life. You can literally consider the Gospel message to be directions to Heaven, or directions “home”. I would also suggest that these are the most profoundly important directions you can ever give to anyone. These directions could influence whether someone lives eternally in Heaven or experiences an eternity in hell.
—– Let me ask you…
- What do you do when you discover a new restaurant with an awesome menu and great prices?
- What do you do when you see a great new movie?
- What do you do when you discover an amazing sale or a great deal on something you love?
Ok, now, remember when you received God’s gift of salvation? Remember how wonderful and amazing it was? The awareness and understanding that you are now free from the bondage of sin and will be able to live the rest of eternity in Heaven with your Lord and Savior is unbelievable, incredible, amazing, news, right? Amazing, right!
- …Better than the new restaurant, right?
- …Better than the awesome movie?
- …Even better than the amazing sale you found?
Ok, now ask yourself, when was the last time you shared this incredible, life changing experience with anyone?
Why is it so much easier to share the news about a new restaurant, or a movie or the sale, than to share the story about the most incredible thing that ever happened to you?
I believe that it is a combination of things that make it difficult for us to share what should seem like the easiest topic in the world to talk about. They are, fear, pride, doubt and the devil.
- Most of us FEAR making mistakes. When it comes to something as important as sharing the gospel, many of us are fearful of doing it wrong or messing it up. We are very hesitant to do things that we have little confidence in.
- Many times, Pride gets in the way: Behavioral studies have shown that generally speaking, people are more concerned with “saving face” than anything. Nobody wants to look bad or look stupid. Nobody wants to be rejected either.
- Many folks have self doubt. They doubt their own abilities, worse yet they doubt that the Holy Spirit is in control and doing the work, and sometimes their core doubt is about their own salvation.
- The devil is always trying to cause us to stumble. He plays on our fears, pride and doubts to prevent us from sharing the gospel. He knows that sharing the Gospel is one of the most powerful things we, as Christians can do to help grow the kingdom of God.
Regardless of the reasons why, it can be very difficult to share the gospel,
especially if you don’t know what works best for you and your personality.
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