God wants every Christian to tell others about Him.

After Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, and before He went back to heaven, He gave His followers a very important job. He told them, “Go into all the world. Preach the good news to everyone” (Mark 16:15). It’s every Christian’s big job to tell other people the good news about the forgiveness God gives us through what Jesus did on the cross.

The word missionary usually makes us think of Christians who travel to far-away places to tell others about God. But guess what? Every Christian can be a missionary! You can be a missionary in your own town, in your own school, and to your own friends.

When you tell other people about Jesus, you’re being a missionary. There are plenty of people in our everyday lives who have never heard the gospel. People need to hear the gospel in order to understand how to be forgiven of their sins (Romans 10:17), and so it’s our job to tell them.

It’s also important to live your life for Jesus. People will be more likely to listen to you when you tell them about Jesus if they see you obeying Him!

Bible Truth

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you. Then you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem. You will be my witnesses in all Judea and Samaria. And you will be my witnesses from one end of the earth to the other” (Acts 1:8).

“ … Let your light shine in front of others. Then they will see the good things you do. And they will praise your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

“I am not ashamed of the good news. It is God’s power. And it will save everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16a).

Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Reader's Version®. NIV®. Copyright © 1995, 1996, 1998 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com

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