We’re still praying for a cure or vaccine for the Coronavirus (COVID-19), but we already have a cure for the anxiety, fear, sadness, anger, isolation and bitterness we feel these days. His name is Jesus.
Through Jesus, we have the incredible opportunity to be in relationship with God. He’s not distant, dormant or dead. He is alive! And if we already follow Jesus, we should be ready to share the hope of the Gospel during this time of global suffering.
How can we share the Gospel in a way that people can understand? Let’s go back to the basics. We have to know the hope ourselves if we’re going to share it with others.
The apostle Paul, one of the foremost evangelists in human history, writes this in Romans 10:9-11:
“… because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, ‘Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.’” (ESV)
If you are a Christian, maybe you’ve heard of these verses as the “ABCs” of the faith. While we spend time at home, let’s refresh our ABCs:
Romans 3:23 tells us “... for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” None of us are good enough for God. None of us can attain everlasting life on our own. We need to admit that we have sinned. We need to admit we need a Savior — not only for the afterlife but for our present life.
Jesus told the crowds in John 6:29, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” Do we believe that Jesus died for our sins and rose again and conquered death? That he is the only way to the Father (John 14:6)? True belief shows itself in a life of obedience.
We must confess that Jesus is Lord and allow him to lead our lives. This is more than lip-service. Confessing Jesus as Lord means giving up our right to ourselves and our illusion of control.
Before Jesus ascended to heaven, he gave his followers the Great Commission: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20). These words of Jesus are not the Great Suggestion. They are a command for us to trust that we have the best news in the world.
At a time when people are searching for hope, you can ask your friends, family members and neighbors a simple question: Do you want to start a relationship with Jesus?
You can ask this question in a text or in a phone or Facetime conversation. You can write it in a letter or in a direct message to someone on social media. You can send it in an email. Share Jesus as many times as you can, everywhere you can.
People need Jesus right now. Share his hope because we believe when people find Jesus, they find life, peace, and hope for every season of life.
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Mark Warder is the Director of Training and Multiplication at PULSE, a ministry at the center of the largest millennial-led prayer and outreach efforts in the world. He oversees the internship program and has a passion to see young people grow in their faith and follow Jesus. Mark has been a pastor for over 15 years in Bolivia, Panama and in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Mark and his wife Kelli have been married for 17 years and live in Burnsville, Minnesota with their three kids and Goldendoodle.