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Can’t Hold It In

Christ didn’t come to the world just to change a few people’s lives. His life, death, and resurrection were the most important events in history because His sacrifice turned God’s wrath against all our sin into God’s favor toward all of us.

In Matthew 28:19-20, Christ commands His apostles to make disciples. He provides two ways to make disciples: baptizing and teaching. “Baptizing in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” means that the individuals whom the apostles were to baptize should be baptized when they recognize who Jesus is, the Son of God, and what He had the authority to do, which was to forgive them of their sins. Not only that, baptism symbolizes our old self being put to death and our new self being raised to life with Christ.

Mark 16:15 reminds us that when we have the truth about Christ, we can’t keep it to ourselves. Jeremiah 20:9 puts this in a real perspective: “His Word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. [I cannot] hold it in!” Just as baptism is a public declaration of faith in Jesus Christ, we are given the responsibility of sharing the Gospel with others. Sharing the Gospel does not have to be an elaborate, complicated process. Sharing the good news about Jesus can simply be asking a friend, “Do you mind if I tell you my story and how Jesus changed my life?”


  • Have you shared the good news about Jesus with a friend lately? If not, what has been the biggest fear that holds you back?
  • Do you have anyone in your life (at work, at school, etc.) who needs to hear about how Jesus changed your life? Write their name down somewhere you can see it on a daily basis and make it a point to spend time with them this week.

If you feel led to share your story of how Jesus Christ has changed your life, you can do that here.

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