One of the very first instructions we received as children was the necessity of “sharing our toys”. This was a very difficult thing to do because our toys were ours. We did not want to let go of them. “What if I don’t get it back, or it gets broken? I am not sure I can trust anyone to take care of ‘my’ treasures”. These fears resulted in our holding ever so tightly to our precious possessions reluctant to share them with anyone. In time, we learned that not only will we get our toys back, but we will also find new friendships and joy in allowing others to be a part of the things that bring us happiness.
As we learned in our childhood, we will only truly appreciate our testimony as we share it with those we encounter every day. We all want to walk in the light. We all want to know that we have a loving Father in Heaven and we all want to know where we can find everlasting joy and happiness. So many of us struggle to determine why we are here and where we are going and how do we get there. The good news we bring to the world is that Jesus Christ has been sent here by our Heavenly Father to show us who we truly are and how we can return home to our heavenly parents to enjoy the happiness that we all seek.
Sharing the gospel is not that difficult, as long as we stop judging people and suppose that we need to “prepare” them to receive these divine truths. Friendship need not precede the sharing of this wonderful message. We can share the gospel with anyone, anywhere, anytime. People cross our paths every day and each one would be blessed to have received the message we bear. We need only act upon the impressions and opportunities that present themselves. Try this as a criterion. If a person comes within five feet of you and is still breathing, he/she is ready and qualified to hear of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Just as the gospel brings joy into your life, so will it enrich the life of those others.
Will everyone we share the gospel with embrace it? Absolutely not. Not every person is ready to accept such a gift, but at least we have lovingly offered it. The gift of agency allows each of us to embrace the things of this life we desire. We do not all want the same things at the same time. Our task is to step forward, share the gospel and provide the invitation to come unto Christ.
Brothers and sisters, we will not fully enjoy the gospel of Jesus Christ unless we share it. Then it shall swell within us, we shall increase in joy and happiness and truly come unto Christ. It is my prayer that we will all share that which we have received and is most precious. May we stop judging and start inviting.