Do You Deliver?
Have you seen the video of this Fed Ex guy delivering a computer monitor to a house in southern California? This hidden video footage is approaching 5,000,000 hits on You Tube and is pretty amazing—amazingly bad is what I mean.
What do you deliver?
As a youth pastor I am often asked to deliver the story of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus to groups and individuals who have questions about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. And, as Christmas quickly approaches, opportunities usually present themselves to share this message of grace with a friend or family member. However, I have seen many people, over the years, deliver this message of hope, grace and God’s unmerited favor with the tact and gentleness of this Fed Ex driver. Here are a few things that I try to remember if I am ever asked questions about my faith in Jesus.
1. I freely admit that I don’t have all the answers, but offer to tell, anyone that asks, the amazing story of what God has done in my life.
2. I try to present the message in love, gentleness, and respect.
3. I remember that it’s not up to me to change a person’s heart, that’s between them and God. My job is to share the TRUTH in LOVE. (see #2)
4. We should ALL be prepared to give an account of the hope we have in Jesus. I hear people all the time say that they aren’t pastors so telling people about Jesus is not their “gift’—so it’s not their “job.” Wrong! As a matter of fact, for many reasons, I think listening to the faith journey of a friend or family member, who is not a “religious professional,” is in many ways more powerful than listening to a pastor.
1 Peter 3:15 is one of my favorite verses because it combines our responsibility to communicate the hope we have in Jesus, but also incorporates the attitude that we are to deliver this hope with—gentleness and respect!
1 Peter 3:15
15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,