As a Christian, one of my primary beliefs is the Gospel as good news to be shared. I believe I am called to know Jesus and tell other people of Him. It’s my job to make Him known.
Growing up in the UK, most people had some idea (however skewed it is) of who Jesus is – mainly down to Religious Education in school.
But when Jesus is praying to God in John 17:25-26, He is not talking about just being known for the sake of being known. He is talking about the hope and love that comes from knowing, experiencing and loving Jesus, being made known and available to everyone.
I believe as Christians, we are called to tangibly demonstrate the love of Jesus to people around us.
When Jesus says in John 17:26:
“I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”
I felt that!
Jesus made God famous when he was on earth and He calls us to do the same!
I know I occasionally struggle to demonstrate Jesus. Sometimes I don’t want to be nice. I don’t want to be helpful or friendly. Sometimes I want to take the easy way out and avoid spending time and effort on people, but in those situations, I have to ask myself; am I making Jesus known?
This is almost my new WWJD.
So this brings me back to a situation where a friend of mine, who happens to not be a Christian, reminded me of the selfless love of Christ.
I was stuck in London after work. I was feeling unwell and very emotional. It was also raining. It was not a great day – to say the least! This friend of mine stayed with me for an hour, while I cried and cried. She called an Uber and waited till I got into it. She missed her train home and got back much later than need be, all because she was trying to make sure I was okay.
This meant so much to me because she hadn’t known me longer than a few weeks then. She didn’t HAVE to stay with me. The rest of our team said ‘I hope you feel better soon, Paula’ and kept it movin’.
So every once in a while when I think about that day, I am challenged to demonstrate love as purely and unselfishly as she did that day. Because, essentially, and as cheesy as it sounds, that is what the Gospel is truly about – love.