Have you ever been in love? I have been (many times) and I am.
This particular love started just a few weeks ago. It has consumed my mind — pretty much all the time. Since we’ve been introduced, not a day has passed in which I don’t have amazing thoughts about this new love of mine.
The best thing about this love of mine is sharing it with others and telling them of its goodness.
Let me introduce you:
I haven’t always loved Taco Bell. In fact, I often called it “Taco Smell,” but over time I’ve come around and the Stacker has been a big part of my conversion. Now I love it and want others to love it too. And it’s only one dollar! The Stacker isn’t my only love; I also love the Steelers, giving plasma, my wife, my kids…not necessarily in that order. But if you don’t love the Stacker, it’s probably because you haven’t tried it.
Did you know the Stacker is only a dollar? It’s almost a crime.
We naturally want to promote the things we love to everyone we know…and sometimes to people we don’t know.
Whether you know it or not, you’re an evangelist.
John and Peter were evangelists because they were changed by Jesus. They had the same Stacker syndrome I have. They tasted the goodness of being with Jesus and they couldn’t help promoting Him.
When [the Sanhedrin] saw the courage of Peter and John and realized they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.
Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” Acts 4:13, 18–20
When you’ve tasted something so good and so life-changing, you want your friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, and even strangers to taste the same thing. You want them to love what you love. You want them to understand why you love what you love. You long for them to have the same thing in common with you.
If your life is impacted by something or changed by something, you will tell others about it. If you don’t tell others about it, then maybe your life hasn’t really been changed.
Dave Nicodemus is the Student Ministries Pastor and has served at Grace Polaris Church since 2007, with a brief stint as the Communications Pastor from 2015-2017. Dave joined the Grace staff after serving at a church in eastern Pennsylvania. Prior to that, he studied youth and family ministry, minoring in art at Grace College (2001) and completing a masters degree from Grace Theological Seminary (2003). He’s the husband of Carly and father to Jack, Henry, Emilia, and Charlie.