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When I was a little girl the 4th of July was my favorite holiday. It was the third biggest holiday of the year along with Thanksgiving and Christmas. We loved when the 4th of July came around because we would bar-b-que outside, fill up water balloons and chase each other, eat cold watermelon and watch the neighborhood fireworks.

It’s the same today with my own family, even though I’m a Christian, during the holidays my mind is on eating, entertaining and having fun with family and friends. It never dawned on me that I should share the gospel with relatives or those who I came in contact with leading up to the holidays.

Sharing the Gospel

This year as Independence Day approaches I encourage you to share the love of Jesus Christ and spread the gospel, especially with those you are celebrating with. The world’s definition of the 4th of July is that it’s an all American holiday that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation. As Christians we should look at the 4th of July as an opportunity to witness to others about the goodness of Jesus Christ.

We as Christians celebrate many holidays throughout the year. We fall into these routines of decorating our houses, being bombarded by the holiday sales, over-buying, over-cooking and of course over-eating. Even though we know these holidays are man-made, we still indulge in the celebrations for the sake of tradition, our parents did it and we do it with our families as well. My thought this year is since we are going to buy into all of the hoopla of the holidays we might as well share the gospel of Jesus Christ with those we are celebrating with.

As a Christian, let me share 3 tips for sharing the gospel on the 4th of July.

Be Patriotic

When you’re out shopping for your 4th of July decorations think of the Red, White and Blue colors and relate them to the gospel of Jesus Christ from a Christian’s point of view.

RED represents the blood that our Lord and Savior shed on our behalf to save us from our sins and redeem us so that we may be reconnected to our Heavenly Father. When your guests comment on how beautifully your house is decorated, this is the perfect opportunity to talk about salvation and the blood of Jesus Christ. Explain to them that Jesus’ pure blood paid the penalty for our sins and by His blood we are washed clean. (Leviticus 17:11)

WHITE represents the righteousness of Christ and the presence of light. Jesus Christ said in his word that “I am the light of the world; he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12) Talk to your guests about the pure love of Jesus Christ, who is without sin, therefore he was the ultimate and perfect sacrifice for our atonement.

BLUE represents Heaven, which is the color of the sky. Ask your guests if they believe that there is life beyond the sky. This is the perfect lead way to talk about Heaven. Don’t scare your guests by talking about Heaven and Hell, but paint a picture of how beautiful Heaven really is. Tell them that God has prepared a place for those who love and believe in Him, which is our reward for living a Christ Like life, loving God and serving our fellow man. (John 14:1-3)  Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people. Encourage your guests to give their lives to Christ and they too can look forward to making Heaven their home.

Be Intentional

As you’re cooking your 4th of July banquet and preparing to feast on the physical foods, bar-b-que ribs, grilled burgers and hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans and homemade ice cream let us remember that Jesus is the bread of life and our spiritual food is the word of God. Tell your guests that “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4) When you say grace thank God for the food that you are about to partake of and pray for those who are less fortunate and do not have food to eat. Let food be the catalyst that launches the conversation that introduces your guests to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Hopefully they will hunger and thirst for righteousness and desire a relationship with Him. (Matthew 5:6)

Be Excited

Finally, the time has come. All day long you and your guests have been looking forward to the nighttime festivities. The excitement of the fireworks, the smell of gunpowder and smoke in the air and the loud thunderous sounds of roman candles, sky rockets and fire crackers is almost too much to bear. The night sky is lite up with the Weeping Willows and Chrysanthemums as they explode and spread beautiful colors across the sky. How spectacular! Tell your guests that this is what it feels like when you give your life to Christ. You can’t describe the feeling you get when you are filled with the Holy Ghost, it feels like fire, all shut up in your bones.  (Jeremiah 20:9)

As you celebrate this 4th of July with your family and friends please remember the excitement you had when you first gave your life to Christ. You were on fire for the Lord and you were so in love with God. Now you should want your guests to have that same love and excitement. Yes, you can fill them with lots of delicious foods and drinks, but how wonderful it would be to fill all your guests with the love of Christ.

Now that’s a real 4th of July Jubilee.

All Bible verses are from the KJV

Pamela D. Lester, RHIT, is a Registered Health Information Technician for 18 years, A Deaconess, The Ministry Leader for The We WIN Women’s Ministry and Team Leader for The New Members Team at Hope Community Church, she’s also a Song Writer, Singer, a devoted wife, mother and grandmother but most importantly she’s A Faithful Child of God.

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