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Acts 8v26-8v40 – Sharing the Word

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Rosie Condrup

Let’s break it down…

 

Sharing the Word is the Great Commission! If you break this word down to co – mission you get its meaning. Co- means together and mission in this context is what God has told us to do…sharing the Good News! So basically we are called to go out into the world together and share the Good News of Jesus the Saviour of the world, as the hands and feet of Jesus, each one with our own part to play. This means YOU!

 

Do we share The Good News at every opportunity?

 

We can often find ourselves in situations where it feels difficult to share God’s Word. Maybe God gets brought up in conversation with your non-Christian mates and you’re the only Christian there. You feel totally unprepared. You sit there wanting to say something, but the words just don’t come out right when you eventually do open your mouth and you end up feeling awkward and embarrassed. Or maybe you just keep quiet in the first place. Most of us have been there at some point. Fortunately God forgives us for this if we ask Him! Other times you might get it right and tell someone how amazing Jesus is and how much He has done for us, is but then the person tells you you’re completely insane or just laughs. Sometimes it can get more serious and we can be persecuted for our faith. Jesus has something to say about this in the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:11-12

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven.”

This should be our reaction when we get rejected by people for sharing Jesus. “Rejoice and be glad!” I have to be honest this is not always my initial reaction. But I want it to be! How do you react when people reject you for loving Jesus? Jesus knows how we feel; He suffered a million times worse on the cross – rejected by the whole world. Ask God to equip you with “The Armour of God” (Ephesians 6) and give you courage and boldness to share His Good News whenever He gives you the opportunity… Then ask him for more opportunities! If we all do this every morning when we wake up how many more lives could God impact and change through us?

 

Philip tells the eunuch about Jesus

 

Take a look at how Philip shares the Good News with the eunuch in Acts. The Eunuch asks Philip what Isaiah’s prophecy means and Philip tells Him about Jesus. Then the eunuch asks to be baptised so Philip baptises him and the Eunuch’s response was to rejoice! God puts people in our lives for us to tell the Good News to and all we have to do is obey Him. It’s as simple as that, God does all the hard work! We have been given the greatest gift in the world, knowing Jesus as our friend and saviour. This is not a gift to keep to ourselves! Think of how ridiculous it would be if a doctor kept his knowledge and gifting to him/self and kept quiet when someone needed medical attention. In the same way, the world needs to hear about Jesus!

 

The Challenge for us…

 

Remember a time when God has done something amazing in your life… didn’t you just want to shout it from the roof tops?! Ask God to fill you with His Holy Spirit and renew your passion to share the Good News. Then let’s keep each other accountable!