I was really challenged by the message Andy Lapins brought to our youth group last night.
Andy opened with a simple question, “Have you ever been afraid to tell someone about your relationship with Jesus.” My hand went up, along with just about every other hand in the room.
Andy followed up: “Why? Why are you afraid to share this good news?” The number one answer: Fear of rejection.
Andy then asked us, “If you share the good news of Jesus with someone and they accept what you have to say, is that a good thing or a bad thing?” We all answered, “Good!”
Then he asked, “If you share the good news of Jesus with someone and they neither accept it nor reject it, but you know you have planted or watered a seed, is that a good thing or bad thing?” Again, we all answered, “Good!”
Then he asked, “If you share the good news of Jesus with someone and they completely reject it – they curse you out or tell you you’re a weirdo – is that a good thing or a bad thing?” We all answered, “Bad!”
To which Andy said, “Really?!?” Then he dropped these two Bible passages on us –
- So be happy when you are insulted for being a Christian, for then the glorious Spirit of God rests upon you. (1 Peter 4:14)
- Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. (Luke 6:22, 23).
Andy followed up, “So what do you think now? If someone rejects you for sharing Jesus with them, is it a good thing or a bad thing?” Now we all answered, “Good!”
You can’t lose when you share Jesus. There are only three possible outcomes:
- They accept Jesus = good thing.
- You plant or water a seed = good thing.
- You earn rewards in heaven = good thing (cha-ching!!).
I challenged our youth group to write “Cha-ching!” on their status line in Facebook whenever they share the good news of Jesus with a friend. Do you want to join us? Send me a friend request, and then change your status line to “Cha-ching!” whenever you tell people how much Jesus loves them.
Regardless of the outcome, you can’t lose! So go tell more people about Jesus today.