In the gospel stories about Jesus there are several reoccurring themes: God’s love for those who struggle, those who are sick, those who don’t have it all figured out and love for the outsider.
Jesus spent very little time with the religious leaders of his time. They thought they had it all figured out, including the very nature of God. Clearly, they didn’t, but these religious leaders never considered that they could be wrong about anything.
Jesus made time for real people. Not the pretenders or even the holier than thou types. If you attend Community Lutheran Church you know that we are real people! We struggle just like everyone else, and we don’t pretend otherwise.
As Jesus spent time with anyone who was interested, Jesus also mentored and taught his closest associates: the disciples.
One of the things that Jesus instructed them to do was to go out and tell others of God’s love. This wasn’t a one-time command either. Jesus repeatedly reminded the disciples to go and share this message with anyone who will listen.
This happened at the beginning, and this happened at the end of Jesus’ ministry here on earth.
Early on Jesus told a fisherman he barely knew this, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch people.”Luke 5:10
Catch people with the love of God.
Later Jesus sends out seventy-two people he had been mentoring to share the love of God with even more real people.
Jesus even healed a man with lots demons (problems) and when he was set free, he asked if he could travel with Jesus. This was Jesus’ reply, “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” Luke 8:39a
Go and tell. And that is exactly what this man did. So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him. Luke 8:39b
And when Jesus ascended into heaven, he told his disciples one last time to go and tell others.
Clearly, this is important.
If we believe that God speaks to us through the scriptures, then this encouragement to share Jesus with others is for us too.
Let me ask you this, are you just one of the crowd or are you a disciple?
I don’t know about you, but I strive to be a disciple of Jesus and not just a part of the crowd.
Jesus changed my life and I know that he wants to change others.
I hope you will join me in sharing the love of Jesus and not just at worship.
It is time to invite others to discover what we’ve been given.
Pastor Paul put it this way, How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans 10:14–15
God bless you,