When I was a child and started Kindergarten - my parents originally put me in public school. We
had a nice little neighborhood school that should have been a fine place for me to learn my ABC's
and my 123's. But there was a problem, a conflict of interest. The school superintendent called my
parents in for a conference and in no uncertain terms - asked them to remove me from their little
neighborhood school. I was 5 years old, and I was rocking the boat.
You see, I came from a Christian home where the gospel of Jesus Christ was a matter-of-fact and
lived out daily. It flowed throughout our everyday conversation and was the center from which all
else in life was rooted.
I had gotten hold of the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ and in my 5 year old mind - it was very simple - EVERYONE and I mean EVERYONE NEEDED TO KNOW IT!
How could I possibly meet someone - teacher or new friend - even play with someone on the
playground - then walk away without KNOWING that they had heard about the Salvation of the cross?
I didn't - I didn't meet anyone or walk away from them without checking to make sure that they knew my Jesus. I couldn't! I had the truth and they needed it!
It was not going over very well.
I was no evangelist - no preacher - no one special - just a little bitty girl who loved Jesus and was excited about the truth of His love and salvation from our sins. He DIED for us! He came to set us free - that we might live eternally! How could I NOT share that wonderful news? God had a message for them & the Truth flowed from me.
I spoke boldly. I'd come to Christ as a child and with child-like simplicity, I understood all I needed - to know without a doubt - that it didn't matter if they threw things at me on the play ground. It didn't matter if I was sent to the office again. It didn't matter if I was told to stop. The eternal souls of my new friends were at stake! Some of them agreed. Some of them prayed and accepted Jesus.
It really didn't go over well at the Jewish household down the street - but you know what? I had done what I knew in my heart was my purpose in life. I'd shared the gospel of Jesus Christ with all whom I'd come into contact.
My parents did end up having to pull me out of that school. They really didn't know what to do with a 5 year old who wouldn't shut up about Jesus. I loved the name of Jesus, Master, Savior, Messiah, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Alpha and Omega, Yahweh, my Jesus.
Ephesians 6: 19-20
I was unashamed. I wept for those who threw proverbial stones. Though it may have hurt my feelings, it was their eternal soul at stake and it was my Jesus whom they mocked. I prayed for them. I didn't understand how they could hear truth and not welcome it.
These Scriptures are a reminder to me that we are at war. There is a battle raging in our world for the souls of the lost! How can we NOT boldly share the truth of the gospel? We must.
I'm teaching my children - and we shared the "soldier" below with our Children's Church. They need to know how to put on the armor and share the truth.
We must gird up our loins - put on the whole armor - and go out into the world to proclaim the
gospel of Jesus Christ. In our super markets. In our neighborhoods. At the soccer field. In church. Wherever we are, wherever we go - there are people who need to know that God loves them, that Jesus died for them - and that He has a plan for their lives! They need to know our Jesus!
Are we boldly proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to them?
As Easter approaches - as we stop to take time to remember His ultimate sacrifice - let us take note of what it cost Him - and let us speak boldly about it!
*My prayer: "Lord God, help me to remember the child-like simplicity with which I viewed the sharing of the gospel - Protect us as we put on Your armor and go out into the world - Help me to hear the leading of the Holy Spirit and to open my mouth and speak boldly in love"
I'm counting my Gifts to #1000 and beyond:
#211 - A Christian family and home
#212 - The opportunity to share Christ with others
#213 - The freedom to share Jesus with others
#214 - Gift of the gospel that we can know truth!
#215 - Experience of seeing others come to salvation
#216 - Having Jesus be the center of our home and lives (with my own children)
#217 - Legacy of Faith to pass to my children
#218 - Courage to speak boldly - to stand up for Jesus
#219 - Personal relationships developing in my own children with the Lord I love
#220 - Bearing witness to His grace and forgiveness - His love!!!