John 20:19-31; 2 Chronicles 32; Psalm 88
It’s funny that we can talk about football, the latest movie, or a great restaurant and just enjoy the conversation. We can even get into heated arguments over our favorite sports teams and then walk away with our friends smiling. Why is it, then, that we can’t talk about what should be the most important thing in our life: our relationship with Jesus?
Let’s face it; if you are like me you can talk with others about any of those other things with no problem, but when you think about talking about Jesus, your palms turn sweaty, your mouth turns to cotton and you just can’t get the words out. Is your heart beating a little faster? Having trouble breathing? If you are like me, then these words of Jesus should give comfort. “Again Jesus said, ‘Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.’” (John 20:21)
We talk about the peace that Jesus gives, but here, after His resurrection, that peace is associated with being sent – sent to a world that needs the good news of Jesus. Perhaps we get so nervous when we think about talking about Jesus because we’re afraid that we may fail because the person we talk to won’t agree with us. At least, that’s my main problem. In truth, we fail when we don’t talk to people. We aren’t responsible for the results of sharing the good news; we are responsible for sharing it. (Just make sure it’s good news you share!)
Dear Lord, I give you my sweaty palms, my racing heartbeat, my shallow breathing and my cotton mouth. Use me today to share Your love with others.