what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also…
In my youthful years I loved sharing the gospel; I seized every opportunity to share the Good News. It helped that God had given me the gift of being sociable/approachable, I am a people person to heart. In my Salvation Army days I loved selling the “War Cry” around local bars, and giving my testimony when asked for it. In later years I ventured out into street evangelism with tracts and occasional speaking. But it was always the personal contact with folk that I found to be the most satisfying. In my later years with more life experience I could testify more effectively, relating to folk with real life issues such as homelessness and cancer. That is the primary focus of todays’ verse: the value of “what we have seen and heard” in sharing Jesus.
If we have the treasure of Jesus in our life, we are called to share Him (Matthew 28:19). Jesus is the Light of the World who saves us, it is His light that shines out of us each day. We are called to share this light in loving deeds (Matthew 5:16). It is good to share the gospel, to share your memorised Bible verses, or even to hand out some tracts, but people don’t need your religion – they need to feel His love from you. We need to meet people where they are in life, listening to them and sharing a loving word or helping hand. It has often been my joy to meet someone who God has chosen for me to meet, who I have something in common with and can share how God helped me through whatever it was – I show them Jesus.
Dear readers, do you know someone who lights up a room for Jesus? if you do, encourage that person with a kind word of appreciation and also pray for them. What about you, do you show Jesus to others in your life? I encourage you to seek opportunities, to ask your Father God to guide you to those in need of Jesus today.