Ever had something that was so good that you wanted everyone to know about it? You burn with zealous anticipation until you can
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
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 neighbors window, shattering
Now Greg was appalled and very frightened.
He knew his parents would be angry with him and would force him to
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 Gregs guilty head.
Should I fess up or not? he thought. They wont know who did it. After a short wrestle with his conscience, he went
to work on
his brother who had seen the whole thing.
Ill give you five dollars,
if you keep quiet about this and dont say anything to mom and dad he said. The younger boy thought about
it for a while and
then said, Naaah, I dont 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.
dont want to Jerry replied. Okay
Greg groaned, Ill 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.
If 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
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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