[dc]W[/dc]hen Jesus returned to heaven after his resurrection, Gabriel asked him (as the legend goes): “Lord, what plans have you made for continuing your ministry on earth? How will everyone learn what you did for them?”
“I told the apostles to tell everyone they could, and for them to tell every new Christian to do the same,” Jesus said.
Gabriel looked confused.
“What if Peter is too busy with his nets and the others are too busy with their work and the Christians are too busy to tell their friends. What’s your other plan?”
Jesus didn’t hesitate.
“I have no other plan,” he said.
That’s fictitious, of course, but it illustrates an important point about what we ought to be doing.
Shortly before Jesus ascended back to heaven, he told a confused and scared group of uneducated men to “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15).
He told them to tell their converts to obey what he’d commanded them.
In other words, he took a nail-scarred hand and pointed to your hometown and told you to share the good news with the people around you.
But it’s hard, isn’t it?
Life’s so busy, and sometimes it’s hard enough just to make a small dent in this week’s to-do list.
Kids to chauffeur, meals to cook, diapers to change, bills to pay, floors to mop, employers to please . . . the list goes on.
Who has time to speak a word about Christ?
It probably won’t happen accidentally. You’ll need to decide to do it.
Will you do that?
Will you look for an opportunity this week?
There won’t be a trumpet, and whoever he is won’t beg for you to lead him to the Lord.
But if you ask God to open the door, and you pay attention to what God is doing, it’ll happen.
He’ll bring someone into your path who desperately needs Jesus Christ, and before you know it you’ll be obeying the Great Commission.
Take a few minutes now and ask the Lord to use you to introduce someone to him. It might be a family member, a neighbor, or a visitor at church. But just ask him to put you in the right situation and give you the courage to say what you need to say and do what you need to do.
He’ll answer that prayer.