The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus. (John 1:41-42)
I’ve been privileged to be part of Bo Sanchez’s ministry for the past 10 years. It’s a ministry that reaches thousands of people through print and broadcast media. I’ve shared the stage with him, written for his publications, and appeared on his TV, radio, and Internet programs that reach multitudes.
However, I still struggle with sharing the Gospel to those closest to me. My immediate family is with me in the Charismatic Renewal, but my close relatives are often the last ones I preach to. Why? Maybe because the cliché is true: familiarity breeds contempt. They know my flaws and imperfections which probably take away a little credibility. It’s also scarier to witness to them because of the potential rejection that will hurt more because they are closer. Lastly, I find that because I’m so busy with ministry, I fail to attend family gatherings. So how can I share Christ if I’m not even physically present?
Whether or not all these justify it, I’m not sure. All I know is that the first thing Andrew did when he discovered that the
Messiah was at hand was to find his brother Simon so he could share Jesus to him. So maybe it’s a good idea to put more energy into evangelizing our family. What do you think?
Reflect: Have your relatives come to know Christ because of you?
Lord, help me to share Your love to those closest to me. Amen.