Have you ever received news too good to keep? News that had you jumping with excitement? Bursting at the seams? News you wanted to shout from the rooftops and tell everyone? Even strangers? Are you a person who’s good at keeping secrets? I’m not. My mouth often gets ahead of me. I’m a blurter.
Easter Sunday, my husband, Dan and I, received this type of news. We were entertaining family when our daughter and son-in-law asked to speak to us privately. As I stepped into the bedroom I thought, “this could be good or this could be bad”. Then, snap! They’re pregnant!!!! Oh the joy, the excitement. Our first grandchild! I wanted to tell everyone. But wait, there was a catch; we had to keep it a secret. “No blurting, Mom!” The news wouldn’t become “Facebook Official” for a few weeks.
The news of a new baby is joyous, but it pales in comparison to the news of Jesus’ Gospel! In a nutshell:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 NIV
The Gospel is life changing! We don’t have to keep it secret. In fact, God commands us to do just the opposite and he gives us a plan. Complete and practical, including the WHERE, WHO, WHAT and WHEN.
WHERE: Acts 1:8 tells us where to take the Gospel: Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. For now, we’ll focus on Jerusalem, the city in which we live.
WHO: God wants us to share the Gospel with the people in our Jerusalem. The people we see everyday: family, co-workers, the bank teller. Wait, who? The bank teller? But we barely know her?
WHAT: The thought of telling the bank teller about Jesus leaves me shaking in my shoes. How about you? I’m scared. What do I say? God tells us to fear not and promises to put His words in our mouth:
But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.
Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth.” Jeremiah 1:7-9 NIV
WHEN: What about timing? When do we speak? We must rely on the Holy Spirit for guidance. Ask God to show you opportunities too good to miss. Ask Him to open the door. When He shows you. When you sense His nudge, take a deep breath and speak! Remember, God gives you the strength and the words. He’s got this!
Please share with me your Acts 1:8 experience. The WHERE, WHO, WHAT and WHEN in your Jerusalem.