Happy Easter! He is Risen!!
At this holy time of year, it’s a beautiful opportunity to reflect on the good news of Jesus Christ. It isn’t just that he was a man who was born over 2000 years ago and changed history. It isn’t just that he said inspiring things or even radical things that changed how people see and think about the world. It isn’t just that the Christian church was founded and impacted a great deal of modern history because of his teachings. It’s that he, God who became Man, not only died for our sins, taking the punishment of sin and death on his own shoulders but that he is alive! He came to us to save us, and he is still present.
So as you go to church or watch your church online at home, alone or with a relative, we hope you’re encouraged in your faith. Think about what makes Christianity so unique and remarkable. Furthermore, we hope that you are inspired and emboldened to share you faith.
As you think about ways to share the good news of Jesus with people you may know, here are a few things you should consider.
Remember to Preach with Actions
St. Francis of Assisi is often misquoted as saying, “Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words if necessary.” But even if he didn’t say it, the sentiment is very true. Think about how you behave around someone and how that would impact how they view your words.
Prayerfully Ask the Holy Spirit to Guide You
If just the thought of sharing the Gospel with someone makes you nervous, talk to another possibly more experienced believer and ask for the Holy Spirit to give you courage and the right words to say.
Respect the Journey
You know that the love of Jesus changed your life, and you want to share that, right? Don’t be discouraged if you share the Gospel with someone who doesn’t believe it, or change their ways immediately. Be a supportive resource, pray for them, and encourage them to read scripture (maybe with you). God’s will and timing are perfect, so don’t expect anything to occur on your own time.
We are called to love other humans, and you may find that what they need most is the love of Christ given by a believer (you) to begin to accept the Lord.