Disciples Share The Good News And Love Of God
There are many things that disciples of Christ are called to share. It is through service to God and people that we begin to share. Sharing wisdom, experiences, love, and most importantly sharing the good news about what Jesus did for humanity. It would require a novel to dig into all the ways we are called to share. So, we are only going to highlight a few of the methods and reasons for sharing.
Share what you have learned.
God gave us his word to guide and educate us about Him. He also gave us all different gifts, personalities, and experiences. So each of us may see different aspects of Gods word from different angles. Shedding light on the truths in the Bible that others might have missed. Sharing the knowledge of God and what he has done for us to build up his people.
Share your experiences.
We all have different experiences and backgrounds yet in many ways, we are all similar. Every person that you encounter lives in a fallen world and every one of us are sinners.
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23 (NIV)
With that thought in mind. We can create many connections with people and our common experiences. Sharing the many ways that God has blessed you is great. It gives Him Honor and praise for our successes in life. Just don’t stop there. Share your failures too.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters” Romans 8:28-29 (NIV)
Let God use your failures
Sharing your successes is an awesome way to connect with people but sharing your failures may be even better. People need to know that even those who have been Christians for 30 years still struggle with things. Christians are not perfect people. We are just forgiven people because of Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross. So don’t hide your failures, let God use it to help someone else. You never know who might be struggling with the same thing.
Share other’s burdens.
Following right along with the thought on sharing experiences, we know stuff happens. We all live in this fallen world and people struggle with the things that this life throws at us. Be a support person, listen, pray with them, help them out.
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2 (NIV)
This verse is awesome in the way that it refers back to Jesus telling us to love our neighbors and love one another. So again, how do we love and serve one another? Share in their burdens. Within the context of the chapter, we are to do what we can to help without judgement. That does not necessarily mean take the burden on ourselves. Though if we have the power to do so we should. This applies to other Christians and to people who are not Christians.
“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” Galatians 6:10 (NIV)
Share the “Good News”
Disciples are called to share the good news about what Jesus has done for humanity. In fact, it was the last commandment or “Great Commission” that Jesus gave right before ascending to Heaven.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)
Fulfilling that passage of scripture is what this site is all about. The first step in making disciples is sharing the gift of salvation Jesus has offered to us. One of the easiest ways to explain this to someone is the “Romans Road.” Leading people to a saving knowledge of Jesus is not just for pastors and preachers. It is our job too. We all encounter different people as we live our lives. We have influence over those people. Your pastor will never know or be able to influence everyone that you encounter. It is up to each of us to execute the commission. To do what we can to share the love of God through our lives.
The second part of that commission is about sharing what you have learned and is a continual process. It is a journey that we are all still involved in, even as we help others in their journey. Until we are with Christ we will be on this journey. Hopefully, becoming more like Jesus every day and helping others to do the same.