Why Share the Hope of Jesus?
“Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” (Matthew 4:19, NLT)
God has called you to be a witness for him in the world. He expects you to tell others about the hope you have in Jesus.
But many people are what I call “arctic river Christians.” They’re frozen at the mouth. They hold back or don’t say anything about Jesus. But Jesus says, "If you're not fishing, then you're not following me."
The Bible says, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” (Matthew 4:19 NLT)
Why does God want you to share your hope? Here are a few reasons.
Everybody needs Jesus. The Good News of Jesus is better than anything this world could offer. It’s better than the cure for cancer, AIDS, or any other sickness. When you point people to Jesus, you offer them eternal life. You show them how to have their past forgiven, a purpose for living, and a home in heaven. Everybody needs that!
Jesus commands it. Jesus’ Great Commission is clear: “Go and make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:19 NLT). But, if you’re like most people, sometimes you care more about what others think than what God thinks. You’re more worried about your reputation than the salvation of others. But Jesus commands you to share your hope.
You love God and people. The Bible says, "Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that [he] died for all" (2 Corinthians 5:14 NIV). People often ask me, "What motivates you year after year at Saddleback Church?" I tell them, “It’s because I love Jesus Christ with all my heart, and I love people.” Christ’s love compels me to tell others about the hope I have in him.
You will be rewarded in heaven. Proverbs 11:30 says, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise” (NKJV). Do you want to bear fruit and be wise? Bring people to Jesus. Do you want to leave a legacy? Make sure the people you know will be with you in heaven one day.
Right now, think of one person in your life who doesn't know Jesus yet. Pray, “God, I want the privilege of bringing this person into your family. I want them to be in heaven because of me. Please help me not hold back anymore.”
Now, go tell them about Jesus!
Talk It Over
When in your life have you been an “arctic river Christian”? Are you that kind of Christian today?
What keeps you from telling other people about the Good News of Jesus?
In what ways does your love for Christ and other people motivate you to share the hope you have in Jesus?
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