Are you a missionary or an impostor?

In just a few days, the church I pastor will hold our second annual Tailgate Sunday. We come together to eat burgers and hotdogs, play some tailgate party games, and wear our favorite team. However, the reason we have this Sunday is not just to have fun; it’s so we can create an environment that will allow us an opportunity to bring someone to church who might not come on a normal Sunday.

Now, we should be actively sharing the Gospel throughout the week, not just inviting people to church when we have a special event. We share the Gospel because we are not ashamed of it and we personally know the saving power of Jesus and the grace God shows us.

But I know the struggle. I know how your stomach ties itself in knots when the Spirit opens an opportunity for you to speak the Gospel. I know the fear that rushes through you when you recognize the opportunity. “Will they laugh at me?” “Will they ask a difficult question?” “Will someone else tell them?” are just a few of the questions you ask yourself. 

Then you have to decide: will I share the good news or will I pass on this opportunity?

I’m currently reading a book that references one of my favorite Charles Spurgeon quotes. Words that should make us check our hearts and our desire to be active disciple makers. Here’s what he says about the the Christian and sharing the Gospel:

“If Jesus is precious to you, you will not be able to keep your good news to yourself; you will be whispering it into your child’s ear; you will be telling it top your husband; you will be earnestly imparting it to your friend; without the charms of eloquence you will be more than eloquent; your heart will speak, and your eyes will flash as you talk of his sweet love….it cannot be that there is a high appreciation of Jesus and a totally silent tongue about him. 

If you really know Christ, you are like one that has found honey; you will call others to taste of its sweetness; you are like a beggar who has discovered an endless supply of food; you must go tell the hungry crowd that you have found Jesus, and you are anxious that they should find him too. 

Every Christian here is either a missionary or an impostor. You either try to spread abroad the kingdom of Christ, or else you do not love him at all.”

Pray for the people in your life who do not know Jesus. Speak boldly the good news that Christ died for sinners. Obey the command (Matthew 28:18-20) from Jesus to go and make disciples. May we all be disciples who make disciples and rely and trust in the promise that Jesus will be with us every where we go. 

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