I think of myself, even to this day, frozen on that diving board. I was taking swimming lessons, and it was my turn to jump. I had seen others jump. I had heard how to jump. I had even practiced on the side of the pool. Yet, there was something about going from theory to practice that I struggled with. Instead of trying to jump into the water, I just froze on the board. In the end, I jumped off the board more like a tear drop. I was frozen in that position, and that is how I landed.
There comes a time when we need to move from thinking about something to doing something. A time to move from considering action to acting. A time to face fears, try something new, and step out. When it comes to following God, there is always that moment of truth. It is the moment that we embrace God’s call.
As we think about reaching out to others with the gospel, it is time to do more that just think. It is time to do. How will we do it? We will start by asking who… With whom will I begin to share the message of Jesus? Start by praying. Pray, asking God to open your eyes to a person in your life that would be open to hearing about Jesus.
Next, plant seeds. Don’t see yourself as an evangelist or someone who has to deliver a whole message. See yourself as a seed planter. Plant a seed a day or a seed a week. Scripture teaches many lessons through many examples. All of those lessons are seeds. They teach us. Those seeds use time and patience to change our lives. God can use us to do the same thing.
Third, we can challenge others to do something with the truth they hear from us. We don’t have to be obnoxious, but we can ask them to wrestle with the truth of Jesus.
The process above is not complicated, nor does it take great training. However, it is a lot like jumping off a diving board. Talking about it is not the same as doing it. Will we do it? Will you move from thinking to doing?
Whatever the issue is for which God is asking you to make a leap, isn’t it time? What Paul said in Romans 13 certainly applies. It is time to wake up. The day is here. Are we awake? Are we acting on what we know God wants us to do? Let’s do it! All we have to do is jump.
Something to act on,
Dear Pastor John,
I had a good conversation with someone about sharing Jesus today. She mentioned how so many times we often just reach out to the people who have already heard instead of reaching out to those who haven’t heard. She felt we should focus our efforts more towards sharing Christ with those who are unreached. This made me think. Even if I don’t have access to people groups who have never heard the gospel, surely there are people in our community who need to be impacted for Christ. What about the outcasts of our society? What about those who others don’t give the time of day to like troubled teens and adults, homeless persons, children who need love and time spent with them? What about the growly gentleman or lady who pushes everyone away and lives in isolation? All these people need Jesus too, just as much as those who are living life to the fullest and are accepted in society.
When God stepped into my life and showed me abundant life and opened my eyes, I discovered a joy I had never experienced before. I want to share that joy with others, uplift them, point them to Jesus. This life is so hard for all of us. The only true joy is in living for Jesus in the midst of pain and a world of turmoil and trouble. If we can share this with others who don’t know or never experience this joy, their lives could be enriched also and their eyes enlightened with the Truth and hope of Jesus.
I am so grateful to those who showed me Jesus’ eyes, hands, feet, and heart. I hope that God can use me as well to reach others for Him. I am open to His leading.
Thank you for sharing. May we all step out in faith and reach those who need Jesus.