Start Spreading the News!

April 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Daily Devotions

By Hally Franz –

The 8th Annual Walk for Missions was introduced yesterday at my daughter’s school. The kick-off assembly included a student drama depicting how to properly solicit sponsors, a rousing song with dance moves led by students, the reveal of prizes for most laps and most money, and, most importantly, an explanation of the six mission projects the children will walk for.

Among them were an individual and one family serving in mission fields around the world, an inner-city center serving impoverished families while sharing the gospel, a Christian camp for deaf youth, a team of youth bettering communities each summer, and a large disaster relief effort. What a wonderful list of serving endeavors! What wonderful ways to glorify Him!

Last night, when I attended my home church’s Wednesday evening Bible class, we began a new study on how to share the gospel with others. Many won’t ever serve as missionaries in remote parts of the world, but we can certainly work to win souls in our own backyard. However, that is easier said than done.

Our leader spoke about the challenges of introducing the topic of salvation to others. She discussed the fears we have about conversations like this. She pointed out the importance of timing and having a relationship with the other person first. And, she reminded us we should be prepared when we broach a topic that may well have eternal ramifications. We are to plant a seed that will hopefully grow into a life-long faith, and we are to do it in the best possible way.

We are a culture hungry for information. We take dance lessons and exercise classes. People sit through full-day courses on how to use self-defense and hunting weapons safely. We attend lectures and author talks. We seek information about nutrition, self-sufficiency, crafts, and an infinite list of other subjects. But, how often do we sit and learn how to share with others the most important information that exists?

In our Bible class, we’re going to be taught where to go to find answers for specific questions a new believer may have. We’re going to learn to field questions that may distract from the immediate issue of salvation. And, we’re going to be given the tools to be effective witnesses.

I am happy my daughter will learn about missionaries serving abroad; I’m grateful for instruction on how I can be one here at home.

PRAYER: Almighty God, give me courage and wisdom to be an effective missionary for You. Help me to recognize and seize opportunities to tell others, and help me to do so as prescribed in Your word.

“The one who plants and the one who waters have the same purpose. And each one will be rewarded for his own work” (1 Corinthians 3:8 ERV).

About Hally Franz

Hally Franz writes about her observations on family and faith, parenting and people. She is a former high school guidance counselor, turned stay-at-home mom. Hally and husband Tim will celebrate twenty years of marriage this year, and have two teens. She is a 4-H leader and band mom, serves as her church secretary and as a Bible class teacher. Hally enjoys traveling with her family and participating in monthly book club meetings with her pals.

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