During March and April, Anglican Christians throughout Wollongong and beyond will be wearing ‘Jesus is___’ t-shirts and other merchandise.
We’re praying that it will get lots of people talking and thinking about the identity of Jesus.
You might think that it’s a bit ‘out there’ wearing it, but a really good reason to put it on is because you want to show that you’re not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus!
As we read in 1 Peter 4:16, “…if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name”
So the first reason to wear a “Jesus Is___” t-shirt is to go public for Jesus, to be unashamed that you’re connected to Christ.
For we know it’s only by calling on the name of Jesus that people can be saved (Acts 4:10, 12), and that means we need to get people talking about Jesus.
The second big reason to go public this way is to harness the power of synergy… that we can achieve more together than the sum of our individual efforts.
One person wearing a ‘Jesus is___’ t-shirt won’t be noticed for long, but if hundreds of people from across the region do, then it will create an impact.
Or, instead of a t-shirt, you could try a small badge on your lapel, or wear a wrist-band, or a “Jesus is ___” coffee keep cup, or a bumper sticker for your car or pencil case.
You could even just change your Facebook profile picture to temporarily include the ‘Jesus is ___’ artwork.
The third big reason is that when you wear it, someone might ask you, “what’s the deal with all those T-shirts… I keep seeing them everywhere!”
And you can be ready to answer: “We’re interested in people’s opinions. How would you complete that sentence?”
Let’s pray for lots of great conversations about Jesus.
SANDY GRANT with JODIE McNEILL