Taken from Pete’s series What Will Jesus Do?.
Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.
— Martin Luther King Jr.
What do you mean Jesus wants me to share my faith with my family? Has He lost His mind?
When you read the words of Jesus in Luke 8:38, “Return home and tell how much God has done for you,” you’re most likely scanning the finely printed commentary for any mention of people groups who get a free pass on this one. Aren’t there any other options for ministry? Like leper colonies, or street gang ministry, or death?
You beg God to be reasonable, Come on, You made them. Surely You know how hostile this is going to be?
The truth is many of our relatives don’t speak our language of faith. Perhaps, instead, they speak the language of academia, and any mention of faith sparks arguments to which you don’t know the answers. Why would Jesus ask you to look a fool?
Perhaps the language of apathy limits your family of origin, and a common response to any major event in your life is, “That’s cool.” So you feel pretty certain that if you were to share the transformative work of Christ in your life, the response would diminish to a, “Whatever.”
And then there’s the language of “anti.” Anti-Jesus. Anti-Christian. And certainly anti-sharing of His transformative power.
What are you supposed to say? How are you supposed to start the conversation?
“But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom…” (Luke 21:14-15a)
In other words, Jesus hasn’t abandoned you. His Spirit sends you home. But remember, this sharing of His work in your life isn’t a solo gig; it’s something He wants to do with you.
Jesus, there are people in this world I prefer to avoid, and it’s possible my family is a part of this group. I don’t know that I have the courage to share You with them, for their rejection of You will feel like a rejection of me. Speak through me. Remind me of Your presence. Amen.