Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,Matthew 28:19
Growing up in my big family, as a kid, I didn’t get much candy. So when halloween would roll around, trick-or-treating was a really big deal! After my sisters and I would get back with our pillow cases full of treats, we would do what most kids would do, we would pour it all out and sort it by size, ingredients, and desirability. In the discard pile would be the random apples and granola bars we didn’t want, and then we carefully laid out all the other glorious goodness into neat rows, but there were two fun size candy bars that I would never want, Mounds and Almond Joy. I don’t like coconut, but I knew that my mother loved them, and so I would share those freely with her and act very gracious and loving and giving, all the while just wanting to get rid of those coconut-laced abominations.
On the other hand, my most coveted fun size candy bar at the time was the Milky Way; chocolate, caramel, and that mystery fluffiness called nougat. These I didn’t share even if one of my sisters didn’t get any and they begged me for one of mine. These gems were always in limited supply, no matter how many I got, so I kept them to myself. It can be hard to share the stuff we have that we really love, especially if we don’t have much of it.
We all know that sharing is caring, and that giving others the things you love is a way of loving them. The same is true for our faith. Sharing Jesus with others is like giving them your favorite candy bar, only your supply isn’t limited at all. You can have and give all you want. The trouble comes when we think that the good thing we are giving them, Jesus, isn’t anything they would like. It can be easy to think that your friends and family are not only not interested in him but allergic to him as well. And in some cases it might seem like that, but the truth is that he is the best thing in the world we could share with them. All the other things pale in comparison, and hoarding him out of fear of sharing or of being rejected is a wasted fear. God promises to bless our faithfulness when we share what someone else shared with us. That’s just what God has done in the form of His Son, now we are to share this goodness with the rest of the world.
Questions to ponder
What is your favorite candy or treat that is difficult to share? Why?
What are some ways you can share about the difference that Jesus has made in your life?
It is important that we use words when we share Jesus. Think of three things you can say about Jesus and be prepared to say them to two people this week.