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The Best Gift Ever


This post is an excerpt I wrote for a from a new resource soon to be releasing from our ministry FUSELAGE for students, Capture: Your Moment. Our Journey. His Story. Capture is designed for student ministries to be able to put in the hand of new believers a devotional and journal that guides them through their 1st three months of following Jesus. The book features over 60 leaders in Student Ministry including Mark Matlock (Youth Specialties), Dan Britton (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), Dave Edwards, Josh Mayo, Bob Lenz, Nick Hall, Rick Bundschuh (Soul Surfer),Tony Nolan, Eric Samuel Timm, Doug Fields, Matt Brown , Zane Black (Dare to Share), Yancy Richmond, and Harris III to name a few. 

The book will take students on a journey from becoming disciples to making disciples. This post is from the week that guides students through the process of sharing their faith. Be sure and follow Capture on Twitter HERE and keep looking to CaptureBook.org for updates. You can download a sample of a few days HERE

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John 4:25-30 - The woman said, “I know the Messiah is coming—the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus told her, “I Am the Messiah!” Just then his disciples came back. They were shocked to find him talking to a woman, but none of them had the nerve to ask, “What do you want with her?” or “Why are you talking to her?” The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?” So the people came streaming from the village to see him." (NLT)

I will never forget the Christmas morning when I was 10. I came down the basement, rounded the corner, and there it was. The greatest toy ever made. The one gift every male under the age of 12 wanted. The G.I. Joe USS Flagg - all seven-feet, six-inches of it. It had its own sound system, radar, missile launchers, an "Admiral's Launch" lifeboat, an elevator deck. It was the deal!

I was blown away that "Santa" was able to score one of these. They were not easy to come by! After spending a few minutes landing the GI Joe F-16 Jet that Mom had bought me (I have no idea how she knew what Santa was also going to bring a GI Joe toy), and launching the missiles at our dog, I was ready to go door-to-door to tell my friends about how I had received the greatest gift.  Mom talked me out of that. (Something about the fact that it was like 7:30 in the morning or something.) I wanted everyone I knew to know about this great gift I had been given. I wanted to brag about how cool I was because someone cared enough to make the impossible happen. 

This is me that Christmas morning with the USS Flag! (please ignore the unofficial A Team helicopter)

We have been given the greatest gift ever! Jesus, the Son of the Living God died on a cross for our sins. Jesus told his followers that if they wanted to follow him they needed "faith like a child". The moment when you followed Jesus, whether it was at an event, youth group, camp, or over a conversation with a friend, you wanted to tell someone about what God did in your life. Somewhere along the line we lose that childlike passion. We lose that Christmas morning, wrapping paper flying everywhere moment. 

Jesus had this kind of moment with a woman in John 4. (You should read the whole passage, it’s one my favorites!) He met a woman at the well. She had a lot of issues. Like the kind of issues that get you a reality TV show. She thought this was just a normal day of gathering water, but Jesus gave her so much more. He offered her living water so that she would never thirst again. She was a woman guilty of some sins that we would put in the "whoa" category and her moment with Jesus changed everything. Immediately upon meeting Jesus she put down her water jar and told everyone about Him and what He did in her life. 

John 4:39 - Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman had said, “He told me everything I ever did!” (NLT)

We all have "water jars" that we hold on to. Things we think we need, but that Jesus is longing for us to drop so we can do things for Him. What holds you back from telling everyone you know about what God has done in your life? Because she put her jar down and shared her encounter with Jesus, many believed! What are you going to do with your story?

Matthew 28:19-20 – “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  (NIV) 

Sharing what God has done in your life and inviting someone else to experience a relationship with the Son of God is called  "evangelism". The very last thing Jesus did before He left earth was to tell us the "Great Commission" to go to all nations and tell them about Him. He had spent 33 years on earth, a day on a cross, and 3 days in a tomb. He came back from the dead and very last thing He said was, “Go”. “Go and tell everyone about me.”

Matthew 24:14 – “And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come.” (CEV) 

We have been given an amazing privilege take this message to the ends of the earth. The “ends of the earth” start with the person who sits next to you. It starts with your neighbor. We have been entrusted with a great gift too good to keep to ourselves. “Go” is not optional. It is a command. We don't get to play the “well I'm not called to” card or the “I’m not good at talking” card. An amazing thing about God is that He has your back. He did not say, “Go and good luck”. He said, “Go and I am going with you.” The command to "go" comes with the promise of God's presence. 

Go. Go and share the gift you have been given. Go share it with more excitement than the best Christmas morning. You were lost and you are now found. You where dead and Jesus has made you alive. You have been given the greatest gift ever; now share it. Go! 

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Published on by Terry Weaver.