Do you have anything to say and does anyone need to hear it? I have heard Florence Littauer ask that question more times than I can count. For over thirty years she opened the CLASSeminar asking the participants this. I’ve seen her look men and women in the eye and query them. And I’ve heard answers, hundreds of answers.
We all think we have something to say, something important, something the world needs to hear. And we do. I’m just not sure we realize what it is. That is why this morning as I read from the four gospels the account of Holy Week I felt the urge to share my thoughts with you.
We have a pastor at my church whose passion is for the lost. And he is passionate about it, get in your face passionate. He teaches on this topic, he preaches on this topic, and he converses on this topic. If you spend more than a few moments with him you quickly get the point. A lot of people will turn him off saying, “he’s preaching to the choir.” Maybe he is, but as a long time Christian I need to be reminded more than once a year during Holy Week of what God did for me.
The world is filled with lost souls. In fact, many of you have heard me open the CLASSeminar by saying there are seven billion people in the world and two-thirds of them do not know Jesus. 4.2 billion lost souls and that number is growing every day. What are we doing about it?
We all learned many things at the CLASSeminar. We learned how to construct a message and how to deliver it with power. We learned how to find topics to speak on by being alert to life. We learned how to outline and to create verbal visuals with our words. We have gone on to use these tools repeatedly with one desired outcome – to change lives. Hopefully somewhere along the way we did just that.
This morning as I studied I thought about all the words, all the messages I have shared over the years. Messages on friendship, discipleship, prayer and spiritual disciplines, on hope and faith … and yes, they were all based on the Word of God, but did they hit the target. More importantly did I have the right target? Did my messages point people to Jesus? Or were they nice stories, examples from my life peppered with scripture.
Now you may think that I am preaching to the choir right now, but I felt so convicted as I studied this morning that I wanted to share this with you.
I remember a conversation I had with Florence about how we all need to learn to share our testimony. She explained to me that a testimony demonstrates what our lives were before we knew Jesus and the transformation that took place after we received Him as our Savior. A testimony, she said, was designed to get people to ask questions, to want to know more. She had many examples of this. I agree with everything she told me that day with just one addition. Our testimony should point others to Jesus.
This brings me back to my original question. Do you have anything to say? The answer is absolutely. But it is more than your story of hope and faith. It is the story of Jesus Christ. It is the story of how He loved us so much that He gave His life in exchange for ours. It doesn’t stop with us. He loved the entire world. Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight.
As we celebrate this Holy season, let us be reminded that He has given us a message to share, a powerful message. And let us go out and share the message of Jesus Christ so that lives will be changed.
Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20 NIV