Even in lockdown, everybody needs Jesus

Don’t be deceived! Many people have not yet encountered our risen Lord Jesus Christ. And this is mainly because many believers have not taken the Gospel to them. I’m always stirred by the story of Pastor Karen Victor when she went to Bethlehem (just a year or two ago), where Jesus was born. She was on the streets of Bethlehem when she met a young lady and engaged her in a conversation. Pastor Karen asked the young lady, “Do you know Jesus?” The young lady quizzed, “Who is that?” 😱 How in the world would someone walking on the streets of the town in which the Saviour of the world was born not know him?! Well, Pastor Karen told the young lady about Jesus, explaining to her how much the Lord loves her and the young lady surrendered her life to Christ. Not only that, Pastor Karen laid her hands on the young lady and she was filled with the Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues on the streets of Bethlehem! Hallelujah!

Do you think everybody has already heard about Jesus? No, they haven’t! And we have a divine mandate to let every boy, girl, man and woman know this amazing Man of Galilee, who is the Lord of All.

Considering the times we are in today, you may not have the opportunity to reach out to somebody out there physically due to restrictions in your nation. But let me share with you some very vital things you can do:

Intensify your intercession

So, you may be at home, bored and all, flipping through TV channels and wishing life was back to normal. But who will make that happen? Is it the government or the health workers? Who exactly will salvage our world today? It is YOU! You are the salt of the earth. You are called to preserve the earth. You can effect changes in our world from your room as you intercede for the leaders, the health workers and those who are lost. You see, the fate of the world rests in your mouth. You must pray. Don’t wait around for things to go back to normal, otherwise before you know it, things would become worse than they already are. Now that you have time on your hands, spend time alone with God on your knees in fervent intercession. Make a list of your friends and loved ones whom you’ve criticised for so long but have never said a prayer for before. Then pray for them. The Lord will hear you and you will practically see changes. Don’t leave anything to chance. This is the time to rise up in fervent prayer day and night, receiving God’s mercies on behalf of those who have backslidden. Call up your spiritual friends and pray together.

Become more conversant with the message of salvation

If you do not have a firm grip on the essence of the Gospel, I advise you to search the Scriptures. Study to know Jesus better and understand who He is and what He came to do. If you want to be effective an a soul winner, you must have the right message- Jesus! So how do you become more conversant with the message of the Gospel? Well, first of all, you need to understand how the Gospel is working in your own life. What has Jesus done for you? In simple terms, He died on the cross for your sins, God raised Him from the dead and you believed in Him so now you have eternal life in you. So you are saved.

Look carefully at John 3:16,17 and you will see that the whole Gospel is summed up in there. If that’s not enough for you, you can go to YouTube and watch a message by Reinhard Bonnke entitled The Blood of Jesus. You can also check out the ‘Meet Jesus’ page of my blog (www.rhemainfocus.blogspot.com) to get the message. On Facebook, you can follow Sandy Amponsah’s posts. Or better still, there is an amazing book by E.W. Kenyon entitled ‘What happened from the Cross to the Throne’. These are all resources that will help you to become more conversant with the Gospel so that you can articulate it well. Now more than ever, we need to share the pure message of God’s grace and love for humanity expressed in Jesus Christ.

Be filled with the Spirit

Ephesians 5:18 speaks of how we should continually be filled with the Spirit. Why is it so important? Because that was the secret of the Apostles in the early Church. They were continually filled with the Spirit. As a result, they spoke the Word of God with boldness (see Acts 4:29-31). So how do you get filled with the Spirit? One of the principal ways is to pray in tongues. As you pray in tongues, you communicate with God directly. Verse 19 of Ephesians 5 says “Speaking to yourselves…” Speak in tongues. He says speak to yourself in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. That’s how to be filled with the Spirit. Speak Psalms, and hymns and spiritual songs. Don’t be singing songs that pollute your soul with demons of lust and impurity. Make melody in your heart to the Lord. Give Him thanks always! As you do these, you are filled with the Spirit and that positions you to effectively witness to other people.

Witness to your neighbours

If you have an 8-5 job, chances are that your main conversation with your neighbours goes this way:

Morning

You: Good morning

Them: Good morning. Go and come.

Evening

You: Good evening

Them: Good evening. Welcome back.

And the cycle continues week after week, and you don’t even take the time to find out if they have eaten that day, let alone know if they know Jesus.

If you are a student back home, this is your perfect opportunity. Seize it. Engage your neighbours and share the Gospel.

As a worker, now that you don’t go to the office every day, take some slots out of your day and talk to somebody about Jesus. You can still maintain social distancing as you do that. You don’t have to get so close to someone to tell them about Jesus.

You may be thinking that how are you going to reach out at a time when everybody is so anxious. This is why you were filled with the Spirit- to minister hope and life to those around you. Refuse to fear!

I thought the lockdown was so serious that I had not seen the sunshine in some days. But one evening, I walked out my gate to see if I could get something to eat. Behold! People were everywhere. Some were having conversations. Shops were open. Food vendors were there…with people queued up. I thought to myself, “This is my opportunity. I thought I had missed every opportunity to preach the Gospel to anybody. I will take advantage of this to minister to people.” Thankfully, I had been spending extended periods in the Secret Place in the previous days.

A few days later, I went out with one thing in mind: to win souls. Six teenagers were aimlessly chit-chatting in front of a house. I approached them and shared the Gospel with them. Then I led them to Christ. I told them I’d meet them again…and I am looking forward to us winning the whole community. Now more than ever, I see how I wasted opportunities in the past. I’m very sure I used to pass by these same people day in and day out but I was not focused on them because “I had things to do”. But now, things are different!

Win the lost at any cost!

You may not be able to go out but if you live in a compound house, you can go to your neighbour and talk to them about Jesus. If you don’t live in a compound house, simple gestures like cooking food and taking it to the neighbour next door can earn you a conversation. Rise up and take the message out there.

Harness the power of Technology

You may have more than 100 contacts on your phone right now. Are they all saved (no pun intended)? You may have connections on LinkedIn. Are they all saved? You may have followers on Twitter or Instagram. Are they all saved? And what about those who view your WhatsApp status updates? Are they all saved? Do you care at all? Look, this is the time to painstakingly sift through your contacts, followers and Friends on Facebook. Send them a dm. Start a conversation and bless them with the Gospel. Share the love of Christ. Offer to pray for somebody. Don’t share frivolous videos and memes for entertainment only. Stand out as the light in a dark world.

You can harness the power of technology as you also give offerings during Online Services to help in the propagation of the Gospel. Your seeds go a long way alleviate pain and depression and restore hope and life to people.

So there you are: five ways to make Jesus known even in a lockdown. Which of them resonates the most with you? I would love to hear from you. Post a comment below or send me a message on how this helps you reach out. God bless you! Stay safe!

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