Maybe you’ve heard the good news and now you’re ready to tell other people. Is there anything more daunting? First, rest assured that the salvation of your loved ones doesn’t depend on you. As with your own salvation, there was nothing you did to earn it, nothing you can do to earn it. Whether or not God uses you as an instrument is his perogative. Second, know what you believe. Why is the gospel of Jesus Christ good news anyway?

I recently discovered a YouTube channel that will help with your own evangelizing efforts, as well as with your own understanding of the faith. Don’t miss Julius Kim, dean of students and associate professor of Westminster Seminary California talk about why the gospel of Jesus Christ is good news. Or a Westminster student talk about his own personal fears in evangelizing. Or another professor talk about the Great Commission:

“Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’ — Matthew 28:16-20

You can also watch the owner of the page, a pastor I heard preach last weekend, Leon Brown, have gentle but thoughtful conversations with people on the street about what they believe, as well as about what their problems with Christianity are.

Be encouraged! If you are a believer in Christ, he will aid you and use you as he sees fit to love others and show them their only hope in this life.

While there are a lot of books about parenting in print, and while many are very, very helpful (Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp being one of my favorites), there is one place to look for child-rearing wisdom that is most important: the Bible. What does Jesus say about the importance of raising children? Of course, He stands behind all of Scripture, but it can be encouraging to parents in the trenches of late-night feedings, discipline struggles, and sibling rivalries to know that what we do matters. Let us meditate on Jesus’ encounters with and teachings about little children when He was here on Earth.

And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.” – Matthew 10:42

At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. – Matthew 11:25-26

And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. – Matthew 18:2-6 

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 18:10

Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 19:13-14 

But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant, and they said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read, “‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise’?” – Matthew 21:15-16 

And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.” – Mark 9:36-37

And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them. – Mark 10:13-16

An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest. But Jesus, knowing the reasoning of their hearts, took a child and put him by his side and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For he who is least among you all is the one who is great.” – Luke: 9:46-48

Lindsey M. Roberts is the editor of the All About Jesus blog. After seven years in secular journalism, she is thrilled to explore how everything—even doing the dishes—is an opportunity to meet and glorify God. Lindsey lives with her husband and newborn son in Virginia.

If you’re a reader, there may come a point in your life when you realize that you’re in a dry spell and not gobbling up books as you used to. Or maybe you’re not a reader and wish that you were. Either way, reading can often take some discipline. It most of all needs to be a habit, and that’s especially true when it comes to the Bible, the most important book we’ve been given, as the Lord has given it to us as a way to be with Him.

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” – Matthew 4:4

But sometimes we need help making the reading of the Word a daily habit. Here are four ideas:

  • Journibles
    Journibles are journals plus Bibles (get it? Journible?), with each one focused on a book, or multiple small books of the Bible. There are pages where you are supposed to write out the scripture passage for the day, and then pages for you to write out your thoughts on the passage. There are a few questions sprinkled along the way to help spark your thinking, too, but mostly it’s a journal dedicated to helping you soak up the Word.
  • The Bible in 90 Days by Ted Cooper Jr.
    For those who want to zip through the Bible, and maybe go through it twice in one year, there’s The Bible in 90 Days. The book gives you 12 pages of the Bible to read each day.
  • YouVersion’s Bible App
    A Bible app can be a great way to make sure you’re spending time in the Word. This app by YouVersion can alert you each day to the passage you’re supposed to read, depending on which plan you sign up for. Checking off each day’s reading is a pleasure of it’s own. It can also adjust the reading plan if you get behind. And let’s not forget how handy it can be to have your daily reading in hand when you’re riding the subway or waiting in line at the doctor’s office.
  • An hourglass and a favorite chair
    A conference speaker that I heard, Elizabeth Fitch, shared this idea. She has a comfy chair with an hourglass on the table next to it, and disciplines herself to sit in the chair each day while the sand sifts, reading the Word and praying.

The Word is how God speaks to us, feeds us, cares for us. It is his daily gift to us, part of our daily bread, that helps sustain us. Let us care for ourselves by caring for this gift He has lovingly bestowed, cultivating a habit of being with Him each day. Not for the purpose of being a “good” Christian, but for our good and His glory.