There is a Hunger

Acts 13:42-44 -  As they went out, the people begged that these things might be told them the next Sabbath.  And after the meeting of the synagogue broke up, many Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who, as they spoke with them, urged them to continue in the grace of God. The next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord.

     It isn’t hard to see that people are searching for fulfillment. We tend to look to religion, education, technology, sex, entertainment, and a host of other practices to fit that empty place inside. What is interesting is that there are some who have found that fulfillment. You may be one of them. The people know Christ as Savior and as Lord. They have understood the weight of sin and experienced its damage, and they have also encountered love without strings and received forgiveness and freedom from the weight of their sins. The thing that is puzzling is the lack of sharing about this great news they’ve experienced. 
     Read Acts 13:42-44. Paul is describing how people responded after hearing a sermon by Paul. They begged to hear more and invited their friends to come with them so that the next Sabbath almost the whole city turned out to hear him. If you are a follower of Christ you need to remember the principle at work here: people are hungry. As followers of Jesus we have access to and knowledge about the greatest news and the only hope any of us have for eternal and abundant life. We need to be sharing it. Regardless of the laws and of the judgment we may receive, the gospel is worth sharing. Lives hang in the balance. The people you encounter daily who are reaching out for salvation and connection but avoiding the church need to hear from you. It’s your testimony they will hear. It is your invitation that will eventually get them into fellowship. 
     We have no excuse to not share what God has done and to share it outside of the walls of the building where the church meets. In fact, we are called and commanded to do so from Jesus himself. Make today the day you begin to share the hope you have.

Write the excuses you have made for not sharing the gospel in your day-to-day life. Go through each one and ask if God is not bigger than the excuse. Pray that God would help you overcome each of them, one by one. 

Pray for God to reveal to you those in your life who are hungry and ready to hear the gospel. Write the names down and begin to share with them.