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| Author: Dele Oke

Telling others - evangelism

"You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot behidden. 15 "Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all [who are] in the house. 16 "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (NKJV) Matthew 5:14-16

People who have not yet realised that Jesus came to die for them do not yet belong to the family of God. They are still in darkness.

God loves all the people in the world.(John 3:16). He wants to become their father. The only way He can become their father is if they join his family. We are supposed to invite people to join the family of God.

Have you ever met someone wearing a bright red suit ? Its hard not to notice. It stands out very clearly.

The same should be true with us as Christians and members of the family of God. Jesus called us the light of the world. Our good works - the way we conduct ourselves; should so reflect the life of Christ in us that people will notice the difference. Its not just what we say but also the things we do that will tell others about Jesus.

We are to be a light to the world. The world in which we live is under the power of darkness (Colossians 1:12-14). There are numerous people in the world today who do not have a clue about what life is about. Without Jesus they are walking in darkness. If we do not tell them about Jesus they will never know about his love.

A person who dies without knowing the Lord Jesus Christ faces an eternity separated from God. Read the parable of Jesus in Matthew 22:1-14. It is expedient that we tell people about the love of Christ. Without the preaching of the gospel souls will not be saved.

The number one reason why so many of us Christians shy away from telling others about Jesus is fear. We often shudder at the thought that they will mock and ridicule us. Jesus was mocked at himself (Matthew 27:27-31).

Nevertheless his love for us brought him through all the mockery, hatred and evil men did to him.

Ignorance is the main reason people make a mockery of the gospel of Jesus.

2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. (KJV)

Satan is the god of this world system. By the world we refer to the deception,wickedness and evil that is dominating the hearts and minds of human beings.

As Christians we need to appreciate the fact that the gospel is being resisted by the devil. People's minds have been blinded by his deception.

Do not take it personally when people do not immediately accept the love of Jesus but rather mock you. Remember that you yourself were once like them, walking in darkness, totally ignorant of the love of Jesus and the wonderful family of God.

The key to continuously sharing the gospel is to keep our focus on Jesus. Imagine the joy these people will receive when they finally understand and accept Jesus. You would have been instrumental in saving a soul.

There is always great rejoicing in heaven when a person accepts Jesus (Luke 15: 1-7) and becomes a member of the family of God . We also fulfil the great commission that Jesus has committed to all of us (Matthew 28:18-20), and save a soul from a mutitude of sins (James 5:20)