Today’s Scripture: And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:15

Evangelism has been defined as “one beggar telling another where he found bread.” Do you feel that way about sharing the gospel?

We should be ready and willing to present a witness about Christ whenever we have the opportunity. When we ask God to give us occasions to share our faith and invite people to church, He will provide them—it’s up to us to look for and seize the opportunities we’re given.

What do people know about us? They likely know some of our political views, what sports teams we root for, our favorite novels, the kind of music we listen to, our favorite restaurants, our likes and dislikes—but what do they know about our faith? We find it easy to discuss all sorts of personal issues, yet clam up when it comes to religion.

Witnessing, or faith-sharing, is something we’re counting on others to do. Christians are sometimes like football fans. Go to an NFL game and you’ll see 22 players down on the field desperately needing a rest and 40,000 people in the stands in need of some exercise! We’re badly needed on the field.

Do we care enough about the plight of others to tell them the good news? Their condition ought to overcome our fears. I don’t believe in shoving the message down people’s throats, but sometimes we’re so tactful we fail to even mention the gospel. We need to clearly communicate our faith in Christ to people who are starving for the Bread of Life.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder