“You shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”  Jesus used His last recorded words in scripture before ascending into heaven to give clear instructions to His followers. He left no doubt as to what His expectations are. Jesus told us to go into every nation and make disciples, baptizing them, and teaching them all He has commanded us. The straight forward, yet challenging question is this: are we obeying His command?
Unfortunately, good intentions are simply not good enough here, and the thought doesn’t count when someone’s eternity is at stake. Jesus Himself said that if we disown or deny Him before men, He will deny us before the Father. Maybe you read that and say that you don’t “disown” Christ before others, but you don’t actively acknowledge Him either. I would challenge you to consider the consequences of Christ not “disowning” you before God the Father, but not actively acknowledging you either. 
I know this is hard teaching, but Jesus didn’t give any wiggle room on this, so neither can I. But also understand, that I am writing this to myself as well. These words are like a mirror to me, revealing my own imperfections and shortcomings in this area. We can all reflect on our lives and admit that we can be doing more to share the truth of who God is and about His saving power and grace.

  • Romans 1:16 – For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.

If we truly believe in God’s power and in the salvation it brings, we should have no shame in proclaiming how that salvation has changed our lives. This salvation gives us hope, and Peter tells that we should always be prepared to give an answer for the hope that we have (1 Peter 3:15). But even more than being prepared to give an answer, we should be thrilled to give an answer! It should be bubbling up from inside of us to the point that we cannot contain it.
Just for a moment, reflect on where your life was before Christ. Remember what He saved you from, remember the struggles you faced, remember the pit you were in. Remember how He pulled you off a path headed for hell and redeemed you to an eternal life with Him in heaven. Just for a moment, go back to that moment of your salvation and remember the weight of your sin that He washed away with His blood. 
In this moment of quiet reflection, realize that God wants every person you interact with to experience His love, mercy, grace, and forgiveness as you have. He has placed you where you are deliberately. He has uniquely equipped you to be where you are, so that in your unashamed exuberance, you can share His love with those who have yet to surrender their lives to Him.
Understand that I am not asking you, nor is Jesus asking you, to go out and stand on the street corner assaulting passers by with the gospel. The Bible is not to be used as a weapon to brow beat the lost into salvation. Rather, it is a written expression of God’s love to His children. It is our responsibility to surrender ourselves to God, so that through His spirit and His words, the lost we interact with every day can be drawn to Him. Jesus is calling us to use the relationships we have, our position, and our influence to speak truth into the lives of our families, neighbors, and coworkers.
This past Sunday was the conclusion of our Same God New You series, so if you would like the notes slides, you can simply click here. I hope everyone enjoyed the series and learned something new that brought you closer to the Lord.
This Sunday we start a new series, called The Master’s Message. We will uncover new truths from familiar passages covering Jesus’s ministry. Sunday’s message is about the beginning of His ministry. We will see how His purpose for coming and the message He proclaimed were evident from the very beginning. I look forward to seeing you all there as we kick this series off on Sunday!
In His Service,
John McRae