The beginning of Acts provides a simple reminder about the mission of the church:
“‘But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the farthest parts of the earth.’â€ Acts 1:8
There is an assumption in this passage that, while seemingly obvious, is worth stating. If we’re called to proclaim Jesus, then we need to start with knowing him.
I remember speaking at a local rotary club last year. I had to give a presentation on a topic I really didn’t know much about since the previously scheduled speaker was no longer available. Needless to say, it didn’t go well. I was jumbled, awkward, and rushed through my poorly prepared points.
Perhaps this is a key to what Christians sound so awkward and are sometimes unwilling to share Jesus. We don’t quite know what to say or what to talk about because we’re not as familiar with him as we should be.
Square one with mission and the good news is knowing Jesus. We can’t take the first step in sharing him if we have never received anything from him.