I was sitting at the back of the room, and I hear the question being asked from the front, “How do you share Jesus with other people?” A complex web of answers comes to my mind.
The husband and wife team of missionaries from Guatemala are telling our elementary students how we can all be missionaries – by bringing the message of Jesus Christ to the world. Rolando and Erin have been sharing for the past 30 minutes their stories of traveling for days, trekking by foot up mountains, wading through infested waters, being persecuted and punished, all in the name of Jesus.
“How do you share Jesus with other people?” Rolando asks again in Spanish while his wife, Erin, translates. I’m thinking I’ve never gone through such trials and tribulations to tell others about my Lord. I’ve never even gone outside of Louisiana to tell others about my Savior.
Rolando continues, “You hug your grandmother or grandfather. You show them you love them.” That web of answers spinning in my head freezes. “You share your piece of chocolate with another child.” Every kid in the room relates to that one. “You bring a piece of clothing or a toy to a kid who doesn’t have anything.”
I pondered those 3 simple answers over and over for the rest of the day. How do you share Jesus with other people? Very simply put, you love them.
“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:34-35
This isn’t love as the world defines it. This is sacrificial love – “Just as I have loved you, …” This means helping others when it’s not convenient or when we expect nothing in return. This means turning the other cheek when someone wrongs you, showing forgiveness instead of anger. This means loving with kindness, with mercy, with patience, with humility. You love them as God loves them, because we love with God’s love.
How many times have I passed up an opportunity to share Jesus with other people because I was too afraid to step out of my comfort zone? I know I can make sharing my faith so much more complicated than it really is, which at times can stop me from sharing at all. But it’s not complicated…I just love.
What does that look like for you? Can you share Jesus with someone just by loving them? Has anyone ever shown you sacrificial love?