Sunday, March 9, 2014

Spreading the Gospel (Good News)

When you become a Christian, you have a responsibility to talk to God, to read your Bible and to tell others the Good News. Now most of us are used to the first two, but sometimes it can be so hard to actually talk about Jesus to other people. With me personally, it’s easier to talk to a stranger about it than it would be with a friend or family member because I’m always afraid of offending them. With a total stranger, if they get mad, it’s not as bad, but I wouldn't want to create rifts in the family or anything.
When you think about it, it’s kind of like this: You wake up to find a huge wrapped present by your bed. You excitedly open it and find (insert the coolest thing you can think of): ______________ or an iPhone 23 that can do virtually anything. What would you do first?

1.      I would go downstairs and thank my parents, like a million times over (an iPhone 23 would be SO cool!)
2.      I would tell all the friends I could get a hold of and invite them over to see it (like, NOW!)
3.      I would be on it, like, ALL the time!

Well, God gave the best present EVER… He sent His Son to die for us so we could have eternal life! Which would you rather have- an iPhone 23, or everlasting life with God? (P.S. If you said iPhone 23, you've got problems. You should talk to your pastor.)

So here’s what you would do:

  1. Thank God (like a million times over!) for all the things he has done for you.
  2. Tell everybody about it; how He changed your life and how their lives can be changed, too.
  3. Read your Bible, pray, and tell others.
It’s kind of like in the book The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien when Bilbo asks Gandalf if he will make it back to his hobbit-hole alive. Gandalf replies, “I cannot guarantee it, and if you do, you will never be the same.” Those probably aren't his exact words, but you get the picture.

That’s pretty much the way it is with us Christians. If we choose to be a Christian, we won’t always be safe here on earth, but we will live eternally, which is MUCH, MUCH better in the long run. Also, we will never be the same: Old things have passed away; Behold, all things are made new. – 2 Corinthians 5:17
So, if you are still acting the same as you did before you became a Christian (selfish, ungrateful, backbiting ALL THE TIME, etc.), you probably aren't a true Christian in your heart.

If you want to commit (or recommit) your heart to God, it’s as easy as A-B-C!

  • Admit that you’re a sinner and that you need forgiveness
  • Believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins.
  • Confess that you need a LORD and Savior… Jesus Christ, the Son of God


Elisabeth

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