For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. Romans 9:3
You probably have someone in your life who doesn't know Jesus Christ. Do you have a plan to share the gospel with them?
Matthew, one of Jesus' disciples, had a simple plan. He was a former tax collector who wanted some of his old friends to meet Jesus. So, he threw a party. They met Jesus and He changed their lives.
The apostle Paul took an even bolder approach. He was willing to do anything to save his fellow Jews from hell.
According to Romans 9:3, he seemed to be willing to trade places with them in eternity!
That's commitment! That's compassion! But I don't believe your plan has to go that far. God is just asking you to be willing to introduce Jesus to others. The Lord will do the rest.
Oh Dear one, God is looking for someone just like you. And the only requirement is to care. The greatest ability is availability. So make willingness part of your plan to introduce others to Jesus.
THINK ABOUT HOW YOU MIGHT SHARE YOUR TESTIMONY WITH SOMEONE.
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19
Do you remember when you first found Jesus Christ?
The fire, the passion, and the excitement were overwhelming. Didn't you want to tell everyone about the joy you found?
But what about now? Over time, we can get comfortable. We can lose the urgency. Maybe life crowds in and you lose the passion.
But the apostle Paul kept the fires burning in his spirit. He kept the desire to share Christ with others. How did he do it?
Through prayer. That is where the fire is lit for sharing Christ with others. When you get serious about prayer, you find yourself getting serious about bringing people to Christ.
I know it's true in my life. And I believe it can be true in your life, too.
In God's Word, prayer and evangelism are inseparable. Jesus asked His disciples to pray for the mission field in Matthew 9:37-38: "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest."
Consistent prayer encourages and equips us to carry out the mission of evangelism. Prayer enlarges our heart with compassion for people and reignites our fire to share Christ with them.
So I challenge you to get serious about prayer today!
WHEN YOU GET SERIOUS ABOUT PRAYER, YOU FIND YOURSELF GETTING SERIOUS ABOUT BRINGING PEOPLE TO CHRIST.
A man once gave a great banquet and invited many. And at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, "Come, for everything is now ready." Luke 14:16-17
I know that you agree: people need the Lord. But how can they find Him?
Simply put, the answer is you and me. People will never know the Lord unless you and I are willing to share Jesus with our world. It's what God has called every one of us to do.
In Luke 14, Jesus tells us a parable of a beautiful banquet that has been prepared. But when the master of the house says, "Invite the guests," all the guests begin to make excuses. They all reject the master's invitation.
So the master says, "Fine, go tell the blind, the lame, the maimed; go into the highways and hedges, go into the streets, the lanes, the back alleys and invite all of those folks to come in."
This parable gives us important insight into our responsibility to share the gospel.
1st, verse 21 shows who is to go and extend the invitation to the banquet - the servants. If we are servants of the Lord Jesus Christ, it's our job to share Christ and to issue the invitation to his "banquet" of salvation.
2nd, it shows how and where we should go to. Verse 22 says, "And the servant said, 'Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.' And the master said to the servant, 'Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in." We need to go and share the gospel in every form and every fashion with every kind of method that we can use that honors God!
3rd, who are to be reached. Verse 21 again shows us that we're to go and reach the poor - the physically poor, materially poor, spiritually poor. All are poor without the Lord Jesus Christ.
4th, when should we go? Again, verse 21 says we're to go quickly. There's never been an opportunity better than right now.
5th, we are told in verse 23 why are we to go... "That my house may be filled." Jesus is talking about His heavenly house, and He is looking for us to reach more and more people who need to hear the invitation of the Lord Jesus Christ to spend eternity with Him.
God has prepared the banquet of salvation. Are you willing to be His servant - going to a spiritually hungry world and extending His invitation to come and dine with Him for eternity? I hope your answer is YES!
KEEP YOURSELF IN THE PARABLE OF LUKE 14. WHO WOULD YOU INVITE TO THE BANQUET?
A very final word, REMEMBER JESUS IS AT THE DOOR. He is about to come at anytime. How will you meet Him with an empty hand? He gave is life for you, to save from hell. Do you wish to see your friends shouting and cursing you in hell? Na... Don't be too selfish. That's no good. Let us plan and work to live with Jesus along with our friends throughout eternity. God bless you. "MARANATHA - The KING comes"