This morning I opened a forwarded message informing me that Joy Magazine was making their January issue free online. Last week my son in Russia sent me a link to a free YouTube premier of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera.” We watched it on Friday evening – but not before we forwarded the link to many people on our WhatsApp groups. My husband has forwarded the message about the Joy Magazine to three of his groups and several of his friends and acquaintances.
Don’t we all love something free? And don’t we all love sharing the good news about the freebie to our friends?
It is strange, therefore, that many Christians, me included, find it so difficult to tell other people about God’s free gift of Salvation. When I was at University, the Christian group I had joined was very strong on witnessing. I tried. I am an introvert and a bit socially challenged so I found it a great strain. I visited girls in my Res and tried to get the conversation around to church or Christianity with absolutely no success. I was so stressed that I decided if that was Christianity, I wanted no part in it. For many years I lived my life knowing that God existed, that Christ had died but that I’d told Him to stay out of my life. I clung to a thin thread of hope that if I died, God would give me at least a minute to repent and come back to Him.
I think I got the whole concept wrong. I think we should be so excited about the Good News and the free gift of God that we would naturally share it without all the strain and stress that I experienced.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23 New Living Translation)
My prayer for today is that I might get so excited about what God has done for me that it would bubble out like shaken champagne, affecting my life in such a way that others might know about it without my having to stress about sharing the Good News.