THE SHORELINE CHURCH PODCAST

THE BOOK OF ROMANS | SAVING GRACE  PT/1

The Shoreline Church Podcast today is titled, "Sharing Jesus" from the book of Romans.

Sharing Jesus from Romans 10:1

I listened to Greg Laurie close his radio program as he always does- leading anyone interested through the sinners prayer for salvation in Jesus’ name.  His voice and the prayer was so familiar, yet still so filled with longing, I wondered what it is that keeps a guy like Greg so consistently motivated to share Jesus.

Romans 10:1 gives us some insight into the heart of another evangelist who stayed true for the long run- the Apostle Paul.  There he writes, “Dear brothers and sisters, the longing of my heart and my prayer to God is for the people of Israel to be saved.”

Notice how two things worked in conjunction in his heart; longing and prayer.  There was a desire that was yet unfulfilled and it expressed itself in his life through prayer to God.

This is the place for us to begin.  We must begin in our own heart.

What do we long for?  What drives us?  If we have become people who regularly share Jesus with others, there can be no mistaking why that is.  It is because we have a longing in our heart to see pre-believers become full-blown followers of Jesus Christ.  We have spent enough quality time with Jesus to hear from him just how important it is that people be saved.  In fact, we are restless if we are not sharing Jesus with others!

If our heart has a longing for others to come to salvation through Jesus, we will also be praying for pre-believers.  Prayer is like the water given to a new seed in the ground; carrying all of the goodness and nutrition to the inside core for growth.  We wouldn’t expect a flower to grow without water, and we should not expect to see people receive Jesus and follow Him without prayer.

Thus, Paul prayed.  Greg Laurie always closes his program with prayer.  When it comes to sharing Jesus with others, prayer is the beginning and the end.  

So, if we are praying for others and sharing Jesus regularly, we know something about this longing of the heart.  If we are not praying for others, not sharing Jesus with them, we need to get to the heart of the matter; our heart.  The place to start is in honest prayer.  Basically we need to confess to Jesus.

An honest prayer for a person who is not sharing Jesus with others might sound something like this, “Jesus, I am not sharing you with others and I am not sure why.  My heart doesn’t seem to care very much for their salvation.  Please help me to have a heart like yours.  You came to seek and save that which was lost.  You found me and saved me, now help my heart to hear your call to go out to seek and save those you have given to my influence.  In Your Name, Lord Jesus, amen.”

Now lift your eyes and be open in your heart.  Jesus is going to show you how.

In closing, here is Paul’s central motivation for sharing Jesus from Colossians 1:28-29, “So, we tell others about Christ… we want to present them to God, perfect [that is mature, or fully developed] in their relationship to Christ.  That is why I work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ’s mighty power that works within me.”

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