I’m not good at talking to people. Socialising is about the last thing on my list of things I enjoy doing. When it comes to sharing the Gospel, I’m usually at a complete loss as where to start.
And I’m quite sure I’m not alone in this struggle.
But I wonder what would happen if we all worked on it? How many people could we reach if we just started talking about Jesus. Not as some far off being we sort of believe in, but as a real person whom we have a real relationship with.
In the book of Acts, the apostles were imprisoned because they spoke of Jesus. When an angel came to let them out, he said:
Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life.
Acts 5:20 (ESV)
Of course, we know that this Life is Jesus. They weren’t commissioned to speak some of Jesus’ words or just the ones that they liked, but all of his words.
By the end of the chapter, the apostles had been called before the council, beaten and let go, and told not to talk about Jesus. So what did they do?
And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.
Acts 5:42 (ESV)
Do you think that maybe we could work on talking about Jesus? And not just about him, but speaking his words. His words of Truth and Life. It’s going to be a challenge for most of us.
But if we don’t speak all the words of this Life, who will?