While a student at Baylor, I sought to share the Gospel with those around me. One time I asked a cashier if he knew the story of Easter. To be honest, my question seemed cheesy and I cringed while awaiting his response. But his reply stunned me.
He slowly shook his head. I felt he must have misunderstood, so I rephrased the question, asking if anyone had ever shared about Jesus dying of the cross. Again, he gave the same reply. I recognized this was a sacred moment and had the privilege of sharing the Gospel with him for the very first time.
This experienced opened my eyes. There are people here in our city, people in your unique sphere of influence, who don’t know who Jesus is. Some have never heard of Him while others have never been given a chance to respond.
Easter is an incredible opportunity to share the Gospel. We have a nationwide holiday celebrating the Gospel.
People are more open to visiting church on Easter (and Christmas) than any other day of the year. What better way to celebrate the Gospel story than making sure those we interact with have a chance to hear it?
As you consider how to respond, read 2 Corinthians 5:18-20:
“God … reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”
We have been entrusted with an incredible message, the true meaning of Easter. Jesus died to reconcile us to God. That is worth celebrating this Easter. But don’t stop there. Let’s make sure we actively invite others into this gift of relationship with Jesus.
I want to offer a specific challenge:
In the days leading up to Easter, pray daily for three to five people in your life who don’t know Jesus and then invite them to attend church with you, or even directly share your testimony. We will have invitation cards available on Sunday to help you invite someone. You can take as many as you like! Our Easter services will give a clear opportunity for people to respond to the Gospel.
Let’s celebrate the resurrection this Easter. Let’s live in awe of what Jesus did for us, and let’s faithfully extend His message to others.
By Drew Steadman, Director of Ministries and U.S. Church Planting