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My relationship with God is private and I don’t believe in pushing it on anybody.

Do you know someone who says this or maybe you are one who believes that God’s grace should be kept to yourself. If we are talking about the Christianity that has its foundation in the bible, then sharing is a big part of our faith.

However, there is a distinct difference between pushing your legalism and judgments on others and sharing the good news of God’s grace?

Here is the Apostle Paul addressing the church in Rome. Not just other leaders but the main body of believers.

Romans 10:1, 10-15;  Dear brothers and sisters,…

For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. For “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.”

But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!

As disciples of Jesus Christ, Christians are called to share the good news of gospel and forgiveness with gentleness and respect. Not only does it glorify God, but it also has the power to save those who are listening.

Romans 1:16; For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes

We Are All Disciples

We are all Jesus disciples if we believe in him. Jesus isn’t saying above that all of us are to go all over the world and preach, he is saying no one is to be left out. Spreading the good news isn’t limited to preaching from a pulpit. Unbelievers are going to hear that message because they won’t be there. We can however share the good news of the gospel in a word or a deed for someone. Christians are called to let their light shine so others can see the goodness of God in us and be drawn to him.

Matthew 5:1, 14-16, 28;  One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him, and he began to teach them.

“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching,

Some wrongly make a distinction between Jesus’ disciples and regular believers. We are all his disciples.

John 13:34-35;  Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.

John 8:31-32;  Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Matthew 28:18-20;  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…. – Jesus

We Are All Priests

Many Christians believe it is only the priests job to spread the gospel.

Exodus 19:6;  And you will be my kingdom of priests, my holy nation.’ This is the message you must give to the people of Israel.

God prophesied to the Israelites that they would one day all be priests. He was not referring to the physical nation of Israel, but the children of the promise who would by faith believe God.

Romans 9:6-8;  Well then, has God failed to fulfill his promise to Israel? No, for not all who are born into the nation of Israel are truly members of God’s people! Being descendants of Abraham doesn’t make them truly Abraham’s children. For the Scriptures say, “Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted,” though Abraham had other children, too. This means that Abraham’s physical descendants are not necessarily children of God. Only the children of the promise are considered to be Abraham’s children.

Galatians 3:6-7;  In the same way, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” The real children of Abraham, then, are those who put their faith in God.

Now that we know that everyone who believes Jesus is the Son of God are the children of God does that make us all priests? Aren’t priests special envoys to God, don’t we need priests to mediate between us and God because they are after all, more godly than the rest of us?

1 Timothy 2:5-6;  For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone.

1 Peter 2:5;  And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests.

The gospel is good news and as Christians we should be eager to share it to those who are separated from God by their sin. We are the light on the hill for those who are lost in the darkness. We are holy priests and disciples of Christ. God has promised that out of his children would flow rivers of living water for all who are thirsty. What is that living water? It is the Spirit of God living in us.

John 7:37-39;  Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)

John 4:13-14;  Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

If we are a reservoir of living water for the masses to consume, we must be willing to feed them with what we have been given. That doesn’t mean we all have to travel around the world, we live out our faith before those in our sphere of influence.

Maybe just trying to be a good person is enough without sharing what God has done in your life.  Is that bringing God praise, is he glorified if no one knows you are his child?

James 4:17;  So whoever knows what is good to do and does not do it is guilty of sin.

Revelation 3:15-16;  I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!

Luke 11:23;  Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.

As Christians we are expected to give an answer for our hope in Christ when people ask us about it, but some are not even willing to do that. Others may never be asked because there may not be any evidence in your speech that you know God.

The Apostles taught the early church that believers are expected to grow and mature so they can give a reason for our hope in Christ.

1 Peter 3:15-16;  you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way

Hebrews 5:11-12;   There is much more we would like to say about this, but it is difficult to explain, especially since you are spiritually dull and don’t seem to listen. You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word.

Spreading the gospel is a central Christian doctrine that the Apostles taught. I encourage you to search the scripture for yourself and discover the great privilege we have in sharing the gospel with the lost. The gospel is the power of God. It brings him glory and as worshipers and children of God, it should be our pleasure share it.

Romans 1:16;   For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes…

If we keep our mouths shut, we are denying God access to the lost as he uses people to reach people. We are co-workers with him in his plan of salvation. Many don’t like to bring up the subject of Christ because if offends people, and that is why they want to keep their faith private.

Matthew 5:11-12;  God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way. – Jesus

Luke 9:26;  If anyone is ashamed of me and my message, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in his glory and in the glory of the Father and the holy angels – Jesus

Jesus died a very public death for each of us. He endured tremendous ridicule and shame so we could live on after death. He has taken away our sin and given us eternal life by dying in our place. Because he did this, we won’t have to on the day we will all stand before God to be judged.

Eternal life can begin today, God’s presence, blessing and freedom can begin today. He can set us free from the constraints in this life, addictions, fear, sadness and uncertainty about what is to come. This is great news that should be shared with anyone who will listen.

Romans 10:8-13;

But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Romans 10:17

Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

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Robert J.