What are you doing with Jesus?
Jesus told his disciples just before leaving earth what to do. He said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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 28:18-20
Jesus commanded us to go, to get engaged, to make disciples, and help them discover grace. Grace is a circular thing. Minister Rick Rusaw notes, “If we’ve discovered grace and grace is changing us so that we may live gracefully, then we help others discover grace so they might live gracefully, and in turn, they help others to discover grace.”
Did you know 85% of the people who come to faith do not do so because of a preacher, church, book, billboard, or Christian radio? Most people come to faith because of a family member or a friend invited them to follow Jesus. How about you? How did you come to the faith? Most likely because someone you knew obeyed Jesus’ command. 87% of people say they would come to a faith based event, like Easter, if a friend or family member would invite them.
Good deeds and the Good News go hand in hand. Like two wins on an aircraft- both are needed. In fact, good news comes through good deeds- through reclamation and proclamation.
But good deeds aren’t enough. We must be willing to talk about faith and not keep it private—even though society expects us to. Forest Gump said “When you go to the zoo, you always take food to feed the animals. Even though the signs on the bars say ‘Don’t Feed the Animals’, it wasn’t the animals who put those signs up.”
I think what happens to the church sometimes – we discover God’s love and grace but keep it to ourselves.
Who is it that you ought to be having a spiritual conversation with? Not a ‘turn or burn’ kind of conversation, but an honest and sincere story of what faith and grace has done to you. Wouldn’t it be great if there were dozens, hundreds, or thousands of these conversations going on in our community?