I am a Christian.
Christian, in its literal sense, means follower of Christ. Christ is the English word derived from the original Greek word, Khristós, meaning the anointed one. The anointed One, in the Christian worldview, is Jesus. So, all that to say, I am a follower of Jesus.
But what does that mean for me?
What does that mean to others who are not followers of the Khristós?
Do others even know that I am?
All of these are good questions, and topics I will probably want to write about sometime, but, the question I really want to share is this:
Do I care enough and understand the magnitude of that statement enough (that I am a follower of Jesus) to tell others about Jesus, the Christ?
I’ve been guilty of a few excuses myself over the years as I’ve grown in my faith, and I continue to grow more with each and every year that goes by. I’ve heard most excuses under the sun, and I’ve also heard some quite valid reasons for not being able to share the Gospel with others. Each person has their reasons, if they are not sharing Christ with others. Some simply aren’t confident enough to do so. Some don’t feel they are educated enough about the topic. Some are ashamed and embarrassed of being a Christian. In other countries, for some, it will get them killed, in quite a literal sense. The list goes on and on.
A situation some time ago got me to thinking that no matter what the reason here in America, and many, many other countries around the world, introducing Christ can be quite easy actually. It can be done in so many different ways. And, it can be done in so many different places. Your options are not limited, and most of our reasons we come up with our probably not very valid even.
I was photographing a women’s race once, which got me thinking about this… There was a team of women running the race, and one by one throughout the race they were passing me. I glanced up at the backs of the bright yellow shirts of the first two that went by, and something caught my eye.
“Jesus Saves,” read one of them.
“Interesting,” I thought. “I wonder if there’s more of them running? I wonder what other runners behind this woman were thinking as they read the shirt?”
A third and a fourth and a fifth ran by, and all of them had something written on the backs of their shirts referencing Jesus and pointing to Him.
“How cool!” I thought. “Here is a group of people that are running a race and in such a simple way, they are trying to introduce Jesus to others. God works sometimes in such mysterious ways, you just never know how one simple saying on the back of a shirt might influence someone and point them to Christ.”
Well, as if I wasn’t impressed enough, later on after the race, I saw the team standing across the way. One of my fellow photographers was walking around taking group shots, so I told him he should go take their group photo and to be sure to get the backs of their shirts (knowing he had not seen them yet, and pretty sure he was not a Christian). He walked over to them, took their photo, and began walking back towards me, when one of the women on the team stopped him and chat with him for about 60 seconds. I saw her hand him something and off he went.
Once he got over to me he said, “They tried to save me!”
This woman had said only a few words to him in under 60 seconds, and handed him a CD. My friends, he came back to me, knowing she was a Christian, knowing what she was about, and knowing what she desired for him as well.
What an awesome witness!! What an awesome example set that we can in fact introduce Christ to others, anytime, anywhere.
Jesus told his disciples, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit…” (Matthew 28:19) and we should do just that, and always be a witness for Him, boldly.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…” (Romans 1:16)