I have never found it easy to approach people, to strike up a conversation. I’m a listener, so I’m quite content to be approached, to hear others out. Yet it was while standing out on the street, waiting to be guided by the Holy Spirit as to whom to share the Good News, that I was impacted by the revelation that I have the words of life. The word of God comes alive as we share it with others and brings life. However concerned I may be that I may be rejected, the words I have to offer bring life.
Jesus declared in his hometown: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; he has appointed me to preach Good News to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted and to announce that captives shall be released and the blind shall see, that the downtrodden shall be freed from their oppressors, and that God is ready to give blessings to all who come to him.”
But these were local people, who knew him as a carpenter and couldn’t see beyond what they already knew of him. They became offended at Him and tried to drive him off a cliff to kill Him, but even so “all who were there spoke well of him and were amazed by the beautiful words that fell from his lips” (Luke 4).
When Jesus shared the bread and wine with his disciples commanding them to eat of his body and drink of his blood, many were offended and walked away but when He asked his twelve that He had chosen if they wanted to leave him too, Peter replied, “Where would we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68).
Even the temple guards, the first time they were sent to arrest Jesus, returned empty-handed, saying, “He says such wonderful things!” (John 7:46)
The bible is such a treasure trove of life-giving words, nourishing us, comforting us, enlightening us, bringing wisdom to life situations, protecting us, equipping us to answer temptation. All these words are available to you in every circumstance, to give you and those you share them with everlasting life.