The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me,
for the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted
and to proclaim that captives will be released
and prisoners will be freed.
2 He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord’s favor has come,
and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies.
— Isaiah 61:1-2 NLT
Yes, these verses apply directly to Jesus, but they also apply to us as well. Jesus did this work while He walked on this earth. Now, since we are His living temple and He abides in us, it is our duty to carry on this work. This is the good news that He commissioned us to carry to a lost and dying world. His Spirit indwells us and gives us power, boldness, and the words to speak to those He puts in our paths each day. It is not necessary to go on a mission to a foreign country to do this. We live in a foreign country (we are aliens here) and our neighborhood is our mission field. The secular workplace that God has put you in is your mission field. We are all ministers of God’s saving grace and as such, we should minister to people as we go. Our pastors and teachers are responsible for equipping us to minister to the world around us, but it is our responsibility to do the hands-on ministering.
7 Go and announce to them that the Kingdom of Heaven is near.
8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received! — Matthew 10:7-8 NLT
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” -Anonymous
2 Sing to the Lord; praise his name. Each day proclaim the good news that he saves. — Psalm 96:2 NLT
God has a plan and a a purpose for each one of us. The ultimate goal for each of those plans is to glorify God. We glorify God by proclaiming the good news that Jesus saves. We can do this by teaching, preaching or simply living a lifestyle that shows others how much Jesus means to us and what He has done for us. God has never called anyone to do anything without equipping them and training them. The way we walk and talk is observed by those around us. We talk to others about ball games, movies we have seen, places we have been to and books that we have read. We share experience after experience with them, but we never touch on the most important experience that we have had. We never mention anything to them about when we met Jesus and all the things he has done for us since. Yes, we occassionally share that with our Christian brothers and sisters, but when we are talking to others, do we mention the name of Jesus? It isn’t alwas necessary to quote Bible verses to people. Sometimes, we just need to tell them what Jesus has done for us. Anytime, the name of Jesus is mentioned, a decision has to be made; will we accept HIm or reject HIm? Just allow the Holy Spirit to guide you and your lifestyle and testimony will be effective.