Publisher Kathy Bernard

Then Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them
 in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19



Ever had something that was so good that you wanted everyone to know about it?  You burn with zealous anticipation until you can share the
great news. And like the runners who carry the Olympic Torch to a designated point before it is handed to someone waiting to receive it, Jesus
asks us to pick up His torch of faith that He left in our safekeeping so we may pass it on to anyone who will accept it.

The following is a story that I heard in church one Sunday.  Its origin is unknown to me, but it exemplifies what Christ asked us to do and that
is “tell somebody”, be a witness for Him and what He did for all mankind.                            

 Two young boys were playing out on their front lawn.   Greg, the older of the two, was tossing a baseball back and forth as his younger
brother Jerry watched with great interest and admiration.  As luck would have it, Greg miscalculated and the ball slammed into the next-
door neighbor’s window, shattering the glass.

Now Greg was appalled and very frightened.    He knew his parents would be angry with him and would force him to confess his
misdeed to the neighbors, and he would have to promise to pay for the broken window by doing chores for them.

 By chance, it just so happened that the neighbors were out and all kinds of possibilities flew around in the Greg’s guilty head.  
“Should I ‘fess’ up or not?” he thought.   “They won’t know who did it.”  After a short wrestle with his conscience, he went to work on
his brother who had seen the whole thing.  

give you five dollars, if you keep quiet about this and don’t say anything to mom and dad” he said.  The younger boy thought about
it for a while and then said, “Naaah, I don’t think so”.

Okay, then how about this?  I know you like my bicycle.  You can use it for a full week.  How about that?” asked Greg.

Nooo…I don’t want to” Jerry replied.  “Okay” Greg groaned, “I’ll do your homework for a week.”  Jerry said, “Thank you for
your offer but I am not interested, all right?”  Exasperated, Greg threw up his hands and asked, “Well, what do you want then? 
Just say it!”

“This is just too good.  I wanna tell!” said Jerry.
you have ever had the experience of being an instrument of God by leading another person to Christ, you will agree it is one of the most
exciting things to see the transformation of another person's life because of the words you spoke, or by your Godly actions.  There is something
that happens in the telling of Jesus’ salvation.  It is a fulfillment that can strengthen your own faith as you witness the joy of seeing you have
gained one more soul for Jesus Christ. 

Are you a witness for Christ?  Acts1:8 says  “You shall be witnesses unto me.”  And so, I must move from being on the fence of insincere
faith and move to the forefront of enthusiatic service for Jesus Christ.   It is time to throw off the cloak of selfishness and fear and be open
about our relationship with Jesus Christ.   Like the young boy in this story I must be the one who says “I want to tell.”

                                               ”This Man came to witness, that he might testify of the Light, that all men might
                                                    believe in it [adhere to it, trust it, and rely upon it] through Him.” – John 1:7


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