3 – Run to Share
“Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win!” 1 Corinthians 9:24
“As for Philip, an angel of the Lord said to him, “Go south down the desert road that runs from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27 So he started out, and he met the treasurer of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under the Kandake, the queen of Ethiopia. The eunuch had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and he was now returning. Seated in his carriage, he was reading aloud from the book of the prophet Isaiah. 29 The Holy Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and walk along beside the carriage.” 30 Philip ran over and heard the man reading from the prophet Isaiah. Philip asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 The man replied, “How can I, unless someone instructs me?” And he urged Philip to come up into the carriage and sit with him. 32 The passage of Scripture he had been reading was this: “He was led like a sheep to the slaughter. And as a lamb is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth. 33 He was humiliated and received no justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth.” 34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, was the prophet talking about himself or someone else?” 35 So beginning with this same Scripture, Philip told him the Good News about Jesus. 36 As they rode along, they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “Look! There’s some water! Why can’t I be baptized?” 38 He ordered the carriage to stop, and they went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away. The eunuch never saw him again but went on his way rejoicing. 40 Meanwhile, Philip found himself farther north at the town of Azotus. He preached the Good News there and in every town along the way until he came to Caesarea.” Acts 8:26-40
“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Isaiah 52:7
“As Jesus was walking by Lake Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (called Peter) and his brother Andrew. Jesus said, “Come follow me and I will make you fish for people.” Matthew 4:18-19
“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All power on heaven and earth is given to me. So go and make followers of all people in the world. Baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey everything I have taught you and I will be with you always, even until the end of this age.” Matthew 28:18-20
“But when the Holy Spirit comes to you, you will receive power. You will be my witnesses – in Jerusalem, in Judea, in Samaria, and in every part of the world.” Acts 1:8
1. Run to share as salt.
“You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its salty taste it cannot be made salty again. It is good for nothing. Except to be thrown out and walked on.” Matthew 5:13
Salt preserves food.
Salt improves taste.
Salt creates thirst.
2. Run to share as light.
“You are the light that gives light to the world. A city that is built on a hill cannot be hidden. People don’t hide a light under a bowl. They put it on a lamp stand and the light shines for all the people in the house. In the same way you shall be a light for other people. Live so they can see the good things that you do and praise God for your father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
3. Run to share as a fragrance.
“As far as God is concerned there’s a sweet wholesome fragrance in our lives. It’s the fragrance of Christ within us, an aroma to both the saved and the unsaved all around us.” 2 Corinthians 5:15
This year I will run to share with others what God has done for me, and wants to do for them. It may be difficult, but it will be worth it, so I will run!
- When it comes to sharing your faith – what makes you hesitant or nervous? Why?
- Do you feel prepared to share with your friends about Jesus? Why or why not?
- How can you be better prepared?
- What role should prayer play in running to share our faith? What friends that don’t know Jesus are you praying for right now?
- How can you run to share this week? What might that look like?