“This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners’—and I am the worst of them all.” – 1 Timothy 1:15 (NLT)
God puts someone on your heart that needs to hear the message of Jesus. You begin to pray and ask God to bring together circumstances so that you might have the opportunity to share. God is faithful and that moment has come. How can I make the most of this opportunity?
Sharing the gospel begins with connecting heart to heart. The saying… people don’t care what you know till they know you care is especially true when you are sharing the gospel. Being truly interested in them will help you to plant the seed of faith deeply into the life of the one you are sharing with. The apostle Paul always did a great job trying to get heart to heart with people, so that he would have a platform to give them the info they needed to be saved.
But the ultimate goal is not just to get to know them. At some point in the conversation, God wants us to bring up the topic of the ONLY thing that keeps us separated from God and out of heaven… sin. Today’s verse shows us the attitude and message we need to have when we talk to others about sin. Paul’s message was… Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Paul’s attitude was… I am the worst of them all.
Paul didn’t say YOU have a sin problem, but WE have a sin problem and I AM WORSE THAN YOU! Paul’s willingness to be transparent made people willing to listen and be open to hearing how Jesus died on the cross to take away their sin.
Talk to the Lord today about these things. If you have never come to terms with your sin problem, why not join those of us who have prayed and asked Jesus to take away our sins and entered into the forever family of God? If you are a believer in Jesus, who do you need to share the message of Jesus with? Are you praying for God to open the doors of opportunity? When that door opens will you get heart to heart and share with them honestly and transparently about your need for a Savior as well as their need for a Savior?