|The Sermon of the Beatitudes|
by James Tissot
Have you experienced rejection from family or friends as you have shared Christ with them? On some level, all of us who want others to know about God’s love for them will experience ridicule and rejection.... [But] too many of us let that fear of rejection keep us from telling others about God’s forgiveness and grace. We excuse ourselves from being active in sharing the gospel because we do not want to be offensive to others.
However, Paul wrote to Philemon, “I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ” (Philemon 1:6). We cannot have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ if we are not active in sharing our faith.
- Think about a time when you knew you should talk with someone about Christ, but fear made you stop. Are you more or less likely to share today? Explain. Does realizing that God is loving and patient with you make you more or less likely to share?
- When was the last time you told someone about the good things God has done for you? Ask God to help you to share about it today, and then choose to take advantage of the opportunity He brings.