Christians everywhere are called and commissioned to broadcast the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
God’s design to get the Good News of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection out to the masses includes you.
You don’t have to run a media company to broadcast the Good News. You don’t have to be a pastor or missionary to tell people the best news in the history of the world, that a loving God covered the expanse between Heaven and Earth.
In fact, the person who is best-positioned to broadcast this message to the skeptics and scoffers in your life is, you.
God has uniquely positioned you to broadcast the Good News of Jesus to your own little corner of the world, one conversation at a time. Your family, friends, classmates and co-workers are familiar with the testimony of your life.
But maybe that’s the problem. You don’t want to be an example. You’re intimately familiar with all of your failures and flops. Relax. You’re not called to be perfect. You’re called to be fully engaged in a head-over-heels love relationship with Jesus. If you are, you’ll be transformed and you’ll be transforming. And that will add up to a testimony worth sharing.
If you’re a Christ-follower, you are a representative of God on this earth.
Like it or not, the eyes of a world separated from our loving Father are looking to you to determine whether this whole “God thing” is really real. More than looking, they’re listening. Their ears are finely tuned to your words, but also to the attitudes that inform your actions.
Jesus put every believer on a clearly-defined mission to broadcast His message.
This is a limited-time offer, expiring on the day you check out or Jesus comes back. So let’s take a look at exactly what He told us we should be doing:
(18) Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. (19) Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (20) and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
It’s a clear and simple command. GO. Make disciples. Immerse them into the fullness of life that Jesus came to redeem. Teach them to follow Him with their whole lives, not just their lips. And He promises to be with us every step of the way.
The mission we’re on provides a fantastic filter for our speech. The “what” we broadcast is followed closely by the “how”. If our lives don’t line up with our lips, the world won’t buy what we’re saying. So let’s take a quick look at how we can broadcast a pure message out of the overflow of our lives.
Paul was a man on a mission to broadcast the message of Christ to a lost and dying world.
This highly-trained man was once propelled by religious zeal to hunt down and persecute Christians. Then he met jesus. Paul turned his life into a living sacrifice for his Savior. His own personal transformation, stemming from his encounter with the risen Christ, was total. He became the first missionary, broadcasting this message far and wide. His testimony has survived these 2000 years.
Paul once asked the church in Colossae to pray that he would broadcast the message of Jesus effectively:
(4) Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. (Colossians 4:4)
That’s a great prayer to pray for a missionary like Paul. Of course it’s HIS job to proclaim the message of Jesus.
But then Paul included his friends in this mission:
(5) Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. (6) Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. (Colossians 4:5-6)
“Be wise…” These ordinary Christians, just like you and me, were told to pay attention to their interactions with “outsiders”, those who do not yet know Christ. Paul paints each interaction with amplified importance.
Then Paul instructs us about the content of our broadcast. He says our conversations should, “always be full of grace, seasoned with salt”. This is only possible if we are in a full-contact relationship with the God of our salvation. We must constantly keep our hearts engaged with Him so that we can broadcast the pure, untainted message of Jesus Christ with both our lips and our lives.
So what about you?
What are you broadcasting?
Are you treating your interactions with non-believers as opportunities to “tee-off”, showing how smart you are, or how right you are? The only people Jesus was harsh with were religious people. Don’t be that guy.
Are you treating each and every interaction as though it’s a special privilege, an opportunity to display the love, grace and mercy of Christ, as well as His truth?
The world is listening to what you’re broadcasting with your life, your lips, and your attitude.
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