Never too soon to share Jesus
Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Luke 23:42
Sunday night at church Pastor Bear gave an amazing message. It was not the one he had prepared because events of the day caused God to change the course of his message.
We have a biker coming to our church that recently re- dedicated his life to Jesus and Sunday his old partner in the world died in a motorcycle accident. Bittersweet because he is gone from this earth but riding in heaven now.
Pastors message revolved around the convicts that died on either side of Jesus at His crucification. One, mocked and spit on Jesus, the other repented and asked to be remembered in paradise. This convict, crucified for his crimes, dwells in heaven, the other in hell. His message was one of the urgency to share Jesus with everyone. No one is promised tomorrow so we need to share Jesus today!!!!
While Pastor was speaking God revealed things I had never understood. I think my rekindled passion to share my Jesus with the world allowed my eyes to be opened.
You see, in Luke 23:39- 41 says: 39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
Did you catch that? Jesus is hanging on the cross, having bled out more blood than the human body holds, listening to these two criminals that hung on each side of Him. One mocking and the other getting it at the last minute. Waiting for them to truly understand who HE was. Luke 23 continues to say:
42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
and Jesus forgives him of his sins and welcomes him into paradise.
43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
I’ve read this passage many times and never realized that even before he asked Jesus to remember him this criminal was sharing the truth. He tried to bring the other criminal to the light. Sadly, the other criminal did not heed the call but at least he was given the chance!
My question to you today is what is holding you back from sharing the greatest gift that you ever received?
Too young a Christian?
Don’t know enough Scripture?
Don’t know what to say?
What if I could show you a way to step out in faith and share the Good News from right where you are in your walk?
When I attended She Speaks in July there were several sponsors with information to share. The one that made the greatest impression on me was The Pocket Testament League.
Started by a group of teens, led by Helen Cadbury, over 120 years ago in England and it’s still growing strong. Helen, and her friends, loved the Lord so much she wanted to share Scripture with everyone that crossed her path.
So do I!!
Back 120 years ago, girls wore long dresses….her dilemna was where to carry the Testaments. She and her friends sewed pockets on their dresses. Her father, of Cadbury Chocolate fame BTW, printed the Testaments for them. Thus was born The Pocket Testament League.
I have pockets in my jeans!
The PTL is so committed to sharing the Gospel that they will send you FREE Pocket Testaments of the Book of John!! Through The League’s sponsorship program, you can request up to 30 Gospels each month. That’s one Gospel to share each day!
I was so impressed I joined and became an Ambassador.
The Pocket Testament League not only provides the Testaments, through their sponsorship program, they have lots of online tools to help you dig deeper into the word and also train you to share Jesus with all you meet.
You might be hesitant because you have a particular version of the Bible that you prefer or you don’t want to share a boring little pocket Testament. Well, they have that covered! The Pocket Testament League offers several translations, languages and MANY covers to suit your needs. They offer many designs….flowers, camo, babies, bikes, pretty crosses, medical-there is one for just about everyone you will encounter.
Think of all the possibilities:
- Mission Trips
- Ladies/Men’s Fellowships
- Community Outreach
- Medical Clinics
- Pregnancy Centers
The possibilities are endless…..
Curious and want to get some more information?
I sure was!
I’ve already shared my Pocket Testaments and it’s fun!! I met a wonderful woman in the Barnes and Noble Starbucks Cafe, Rhonda, and shared one with her. We are friends now, in her words “we are kindred spirits”! Won’t you please join me in this powerful yet simple way to fulfill the Great Commision given to us by Jesus:
Matthew 28:16-20 16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said,“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”