What is 750,000 miles long, reaches around the earth 30 times and grows 20 miles longer each day? Answer: The line of people who are without Christ. The Bible tells us that since so many don't know Jesus, it's our job to make Him known.
ReceiveJohn answered them saying, "I baptize in water, but among you stands One whom you do not know" (John 1:26, NASB).
John was not saying that folks did not know Jesus as a person. He was the carpenter from Galilee, his mother, four brothers and his sisters lived in Nazareth and the people there did know Him. John was saying that people did not recognize who Jesus was. And so John made sure to tell them.
The next day he [John] saw Jesus coming to him and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!....this is the One who baptizes in the Holy Spirit. I myself have seen, and have testified that this is the Son of God" (John 1:29, 33-34, NASB).
Write out a brief bio of Jesus from John's description. Then write down who Jesus is in your life.
ReflectDo you know anyone who may not know who Jesus really is? Could you, like John, make Jesus known to them? Write down a list of those people and begin to pray for the opportunity to share with them.
Go to your Bible and find Scriptures that provide a picture of Jesus as the Son of God, the Savior of the world and the only way a person can come to God. You might check these out: John 1:6-14; John 14:1-6; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 2:37-40; Philippians 2:5-11.
We need to make Jesus known not only by what we say, but also by what we do.
"By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another" (John 13:35, NASB).
What are you doing to show love toward others?
RespondTake time now to pray asking God to give you a deep and abiding desire to make Jesus known and to care about sharing with people who need the Lord.
Make a list of those who have helped you know Jesus and send them an e-mail or card thanking them for how God used them in your life.
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My Comments: Sharing Jesus can be the most rewarding experience of your life. At first it can be nerve wracking yet after awhile you find you want to do it more and more. When we read the Word and share the Word we feel the Word more closely. Christ is the Word made flesh. Jesus is the gift that keeps on giving and giving. Joy comes in being close to Him and when we share Him we are very close to Him.
Jesus is complete joy and love, He is understanding and truth, in Him is all hope and all faith is strengthened in Him. We are complete because of Him. We are one with Him and because He is one with the Father so are we. One cannot comprehend all that that means in one life time. How can we be His and not talk about Him to others? We cannot. If we say we love Him how can we not share Him with others. We cannot!
We show our love and thankfulness to Him by sharing Him and proclaiming His Gospel to the world (no matter how big or how small our share of the world is) by what we say, and do and yes even by what we think or allow to become thought in our minds.
If you are His disciples love one another. That means forgiving and forgetting and moving on. It means not trying to get people to know you did the right thing or that you helped someone or that you read your Bible today because you want others to see how spiritual you are. It is all about Christ Jesus and the message of salvation He brought to share with he world. We love one another and share His Gospel with he world because we love as He loves us.
Abba Father grant that we may not seek to be noticed as to shine the light on You. That we will Love as You loved us and take Your refreshing waters to the world and share the truth of Your Gospel wherever You send us. May we be salt to refresh a weary world and a light to show the path to You. Thank You Father for Your sacrifice of sending Your Son to die in our place. Thank You Father for Your love of us. We praise You Father through our words, actions and thoughts and may we always bring You the glory. Amen