Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Sharing the gospel - #1

"Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, ... " I Peter 1:8

These verses represent a wonderful reason for sharing the Gospel. It's not that you should look at others and think, "He should stop sinning, he's a bad person." It's not that you should tell them about Jesus only so that they will stop doing such terrible things!

No. It's because you have an inexpressible joy in your heart that is there because Jesus is your savior. It's not like a relationship with a person. Well ... there are similarities. But, it is also very, very different. There is something very calming, very peaceful, very joyous about knowing Jesus. Just to pray. To listen. To read his words in the Bible. It's great. It's perfect. It's satisfying. It's happiness.

It's hard to explain the feeling in a way that does it justice. And, I think this is what Peter is referring to here when he describes it as, "inexpressible." And, I think that is why it is foolishness to those that don't believe that Jesus is the Messiah. It's difficult to explain. And when we try we come across sort of like bumbling zealots.

Some of the terminology that we use is even specific just to Christianity. That is why it is sometimes jokingly referred to as, "Christianese." It is gibberish to many people. In fact, I think sometimes it is perceived as some sort of brainwashing. We refer to being born again. Kids talk about Jesus living in their heart. When we take communion we talk about figuratively eating and drinking Jesus body and blood.

Still, a relationship with Jesus is the one thing that people need the most. It might be nearly impossible, at times, to explain. But, nonetheless it is the difference between life and death - both now and for eternity.

In Christ,

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