People need to know Jesus.
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” – Matthew 9: 36 – 38
This was a prayer Jesus encouraged his followers to pray more than 2000 years ago. It’s reasonable to say that it is a prayer that Christians should still be praying today.
The call to share the Good News of Jesus and the Love of God with the world hasn’t changed. If anything, it’s more relevant and necessary today than it has ever been. This message needs to be heard loudly above the noise and confusion that seems to be ever growing on the world stage.
But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? – Romans 10:14
It’s up to the Church – those who have experienced the love and forgiveness of God first-hand – to be the voice that brings hope. We’ve been called to share God’s love far and wide. Jesus told us to do so. He left us with a mission to carry out and that was to go into all the world, telling his story and teaching others how to follow him. And if we believe the power of the cross and the value of the gift of salvation, why wouldn’t we want to tell people about it?
As the Church (not the institution but each individual in the Body of Christ), we should feel compelled to share the love of Christ with our neighbours, our communities and with the nation we live in as a whole. Just as Jesus felt compassion for the crowds he encountered, we should also be moved to action through love. Driven by a passion to see God’s way – His Kingdom – outworked in the lives of men and women from all walks and backgrounds.
It was this desire to see the Kingdom of God established in the lives of individuals that inspired John Wesley. Over the course of more than 51 years Wesley shared the Gospel in the UK and America, preaching over 45,000 sermons, traveling approximately 330,000 miles and seeing 100,000 people making a choice to follow Jesus. It was just a man and his horse, going to where the people gathered and sharing the simple of truth of salvation through Christ but the legacy he left still inspired people today. The question is how can we follow this example? The message is the same, but the world has changed. People don’t gather as a community like they used. It’s no longer as simple as going into the highways and byways. Or is it?
Last year the office for National Statistics recorded that over 90% of adults in the UK had used the internet recently. According to a report in The Telegraph the average internet user spent as much as 24 hours a week online as part of this virtual community. This is where people gather. It’s online where we go to be entertained, to learn, to find answers and even form relationships. So maybe this is where the message of Jesus needs to be too.
There are many reasons why making use of the internet to reach people for Jesus is something that churches and Christians should be doing. The online space has been blamed for a lot of the ills and issues in modern day society, but it can also be a tool to reach people in a way that was unimaginable to those in previous generations. Imagine easily and effectively sharing the Good News about a life with Christ with your Facebook friends and Instagram followers? Using video content that addresses the issues and questions many people are facing, the faith-sharing app yesHEis is an easy way to ignite conversations around faith and God with friends online.
This free tool is all about empowering everyday Christians with the resources they need to share their faith in Jesus. It speaks the language of those who don’t know God in a format they understand and can be shared in a place they normally go and literally helping people to live a Life on Mission.