On: November 26, 2014 | By: admin | Under: Blog | Comments: Comments are off
“When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.” [Luke 2:17-20]
These are four GLORIOUS verses. A bunch of shepherds visit Jesus and believe He’s something amazing. They then go out and spread the news as a result of which all who hear are, in turn, amazed. Simple as that. How do we make it so difficult? Why do we get so het up about what we dress up as “evangelism”, with all the dread that word causes for so many at having to do it or, even worse, having it done to you! Mary, at the centre, is quietly thrilled, ponders the meaning of it all and holds her counsel. The shepherds, on a roll, glorify and praise God. All who come into contact with Jesus, directly or through others are transformed by the experience.
21st Century Western life can often seem a whole lot more complicated than this. But we mustn’t beat ourselves up as failures. Our response, surely, is to pray that God, through the Holy Spirit’s empowering, might enable us to tell a clear and concise story of what we’ve encountered, release us from bondage to fear of how people might respond and … like yesterday … Just do it.
Over simplistic? Tell me why. Sharing the football scores or the contents of your shopping bag isn’t so tricky. Someone you know needs to hear why Jesus is good news in your life. OK, it needs a bit of boldness, but more people will thank you than curse you. Ask God to show you who, then tell them your story and let God worry about their response. Remember, once you’re moving it’s a whole lot easier; and practice makes perfect.
What, you’ve bought ANOTHER pair of shoes?!
Father God, sorry that I’m often more worried about what people will think of me for telling them about Jesus, than the result of keeping silent. It’s ridiculous, but true. Forgive me and set me free through the power of the Holy Spirit to tell my story and rejoice at the liberating freedom of spreading the word. I glorify and praise you for Jesus. He’s the real deal. Amen.