We were not looking for praise from any human being, not from you or anyone else, even though as apostles of Christ we could have asserted our prerogatives. Instead, we were like children among you. Just as a nursing mother cares for her children, so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well. – 1 Thessalonians 2:6b-8
Sometimes in ministry we forget that we have something incredible to share. “Gospel” means “good news” and it is the mission of ministry to share this with others. The question is: Am I merely “telling” it to others, or am I “sharing” it with others as well.
Now, to “share” is different than to “tell.” I can tell you something with my mouth alone. Sharing involves participation. To “share” means to offer you something I need as well. Sharing means I’ve gotta have it too. If there is a new restaurant I love, I may tell or proclaim how great it is. If I want to share it, I invite people to go with me and we dine together.
In ministry, we need to be intentional about proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the posture of sharing it with others. In other words, not only should we tell people there is a great place to get some food, we need to dine with them as well.
The real question is: Are we in touch with the proclamation (message) we have to share?
Some simple suggestions for getting in touch:
- Answer this question: What is your favorite story about Jesus?
- Read Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John
- Immerse yourself in a biblical story for a couple of weeks.
- Share a story with someone one-on-one from your heart.
- Relate to a person Jesus transformed and share this experience with a group.
Proclamation is why we pray, partner, and build a presence…because we have something to share!