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Santa Rosa Farmer’s Market by Robin A.

August 29, 2012

This summer marks the third year I have attended the Santa Rosa Wednesday night market, with the goal of sharing the gospel.

As I have attended the market, I have encountered many different kinds of people. Many of the people are very different from myself.  They have hair that is magenta, they  have rings and studs in their nose, they have been rich and poor, brown, white, and tattooed; intellectual or “average,”  (like me).

Most of the people I have encountered are completely lost spiritually.  They remind me of Paul’s words in Ephesians 2:12:-14  “At that time you were without the Messiah, excluded from the citizenship of Israel, and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.  But now in Christ Jesus, you who were far away have been brought near by the blood of the Messiah.  For He is our peace, who made both groups one and tore down the dividing wall of hostility in His flesh.”

As I have shared the good news of Jesus, I have received a variety of responses.  Some people stop and listen with interest while others mock, laugh, or are offended.  Never-the less, each one needs the saving gospel of Jesus Christ.

Last week I shared with two young college students.  Both of these girls took time to let me talk with them, and pray for them.  They were interested in philosophy and “truth.”  I prayed they would come to understand and accept Jesus, who is the author of truth and is The Truth.

I have spoken to young teens this summer, one of whom said he had never even heard of who Jesus is, or of what He had done for us.  I was amazed there are still people in our high tech culture who have not heard the gospel.

So how about you?  When was the last time you let God use you to share the simple gospel message?  Many of my Christian friends are amazed that I share the gospel at the Wednesday night market.  They think I am “courageous.”  No, I am not courageous, just obedient.

So, why do I share the gospel?  Here are just a few thoughts that come to mind: It is a command.  It is a privilege.  It is a joy!  It  keeps me humble before God and others, (it levels the playing field).  It increases and solidifies my faith as I learn to defend truth.  It makes me more grateful for my own salvation.  And mostly because people need to know the truth of the gospel; that Christ died for their sins, and arose from the dead.

Without Christ, people are without hope and without God in the world.  People need to know that God is real and that He is both a God of love and also of wrath.  Jesus died in my place, and paid the penalty for my sin.  I thank the Lord for the one who shared the gospel with me, so that I too have peace with God and a right relationship with Him, through Christ.

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