Cal Jernigan – Lead Pastor
How well can you keep a secret? Usually, if you can keep a secret you are considered virtuous and to be complimented. Not always.
What if you keep secret something you were very specifically directed NOT to keep secret? Huh? What if you were told something and the very reason you were brought into the secret was for the sake of telling others. What if you then didn’t share it with others?
This is a conundrum all Christians find themselves in. We were brought into the truth of the grace and mercy of God for two purposes, to personally be blessed by God (forgiven), and to intentionally be part of God’s bigger plan to let the whole world know of his very great and generous grace and forgiveness for them.
It seems to me that God’s outrageous generosity toward us ought to be matched by our outrageous excitement in telling others of it. That I can be forgiven for my sins is far and away the most significant thing I know and have experienced. Nothing else comes close. Surely others would benefit from this truth just as much.
When we read the Scriptures we see something happen that is totally cool. In John 1 we read this… “Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus.” (John 1:40-42). The one Andrew told was the person in the Scripture we know of as Peter. This same Peter is the one Jesus would eventually call “The Rock.” Wow! Way to go Andrew! Just a few sentences later in John we read, “Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. Philip found Nathanael and told him, ‘We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.’” (John 1:44-45). Seems like what we have here is everyone who knows Jesus making a point of telling everyone who doesn’t what they’ve discovered.
A very simple principle is in play here: “Found people find people!” I first heard this thought expressed by Perry Noble, the Senior Pastor of Newspring Church in South Carolina. As soon as it came out of his mouth I knew he was right. That’s exactly how it works! Found people, truly found people, cannot BUT find people who don’t know and haven’t experienced what they have found. It’s been said that sharing your faith is no more complicated than one beggar telling another beggar where he found bread. Who would keep this to themselves?
If there were ever “optimum sharing opportunities” for telling people about what we’ve found in Christ, it would be the Christmas season. There is never a more natural occasion and never one where people are more responsive than at this time of year. It’s perfectly natural for those friends we have who know we walk with God and attend Church to anticipate an invitation from us than at this time of year. In fact, as I’ve said many times before, I think we can actually do harm to our non-Christian friends by not caring enough to invite them to join us. When we don’t include them, they can’t help but wonder why we don’t think more of them than we apparently do. Surely, if we were friends, we would ask them! Right?
Just around the corner we have an incredible opportunity to invite people to join us for a very significant and meaningful time of worship and celebration. On December 22-24 we will be holding twenty different Christmas services, on five different campuses, just so we will be sure to have room to include everyone. I encourage you to not miss this tremendous opportunity to give someone the greatest gift imaginable… the truth of God’s grace.
Aren’t you glad someone found you? Now it’s your turn to go find someone and give away what you’ve been given. It’s the greatest thing you can do for someone! The secret’s out!Click here for the photo credit on this post