What do you find adventurous? I am fully aware that some people are more adventurous than others. Some of you find things like skydiving or swimming with sharks ad-venturous. Others wouldn’t call that adventurous, they would call that crazy. For those non-thrill seekers like me, we seek adventure in other places. That may include going to Walmart after 8:00pm in our pajamas, or volunteering to serve once a year in the church nursery, or sitting in the first two rows of the worship service.
One of the things that we see in Scripture is that we as believers were made to live an adventure filled life. Living life as a Christ follower isn’t easy and it certainly isn’t boring. The greatest adventure that every believer is called to is to go and share the Gospel message of Jesus Christ with others. Jesus said, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15). We are to be going and sharing as we are living out our lives in this world.
Many believers don’t speak of the Gospel to others out of fear. They make excuses as to why the don’t, can’t, or won’t share. And yet sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ is the most exciting adventure that we could ever hope for. There are highs and lows; there are gains and setbacks; there are great joys and there are painful rejections. It’s an adventure that shapes and molds us into who we were created to be in Christ Jesus.
While evangelistic outreach programs in the church can be highly successful, they have also served to move Gospel sharing out of the individual realm into the corporate realm. Gospel sharing isn’t as much a programmed church event on the weekly calendar as much as it is a part of our everyday lives. We are all expected to share the Good News with the people that we inter-act with on a regular basis.