No, you don’t have to have all the answers. If you’ve never shared your faith, the gospel, or your testimony you probably shy away from doing so partly because of THIS fear. It’s an old tactic in Satan’s playbook. We let the fear cloud our judgement, so we keep our mouths shut. God throws us a softball conversation with a non-christian and we let it sail by because of fear. Have you ever submitted to this fear?
I have, plenty of times. Though I always walk away wondering What if? What if I had shared the gospel? I might have gotten to see God rescue that person and transform their life! Believing Satan’s lies that I should be a Christian Fort Knox and be ready for any question attack, sometimes keeps my mouth shut. When I forgo sharing the w o n d e r f u l, good news of Jesus I always regret not trumping those lies with truth.
The spring of my sophomore year at UNCSA I set aside 3 hours every Sunday to be on campus. I would pray and ask Jesus for divine appointments with people. I intentionally gave God 3 hours in the hope that He would come and wreck my campus with His love for them. Five Sundays in and I stubbornly just wanted to go home, laze around, and watch netflix. Thankfully my friend stepped in, gave me a pep talk, and prayed courage into me. I still stomped on campus a grouch, but I was faithful and available – trusting the Lord to be fruitful.
I still stomped on campus a grouch, but I was faithful and available – trusting the Lord to be fruitful.
I felt “nudged” to sit at a picnic table and wait.
I pulled out my Bible and read.
Ten minutes later an acquaintance sat beside me and said, “Hey Lauren! I really want to sit at this picnic table, mind if I join you?”
We chit chatted for a little while and I just told him, “So, I’m on campus today to share the gospel with people. God asked me to sit at this bench and wait. Then you came!”
We started a dialogue about God, faith, and Jesus that lasted over two hours. My friend came from a philosophical family and posed questions about God that I didn’t know how to answer. So, I just told him that, “I don’t know, but you can ask God yourself.”
That blew open his worldview. “Ask God myself?!” His whole life God was real, but a force far away – distant. unfeeling. irrelevant. He compared God to the sun – it hovers in the sky, so you see it, but it’s far away. You can’t have a relationship with the sun. He said, “This conversation, you’ve helped me see that God isn’t far away. He’s here – you’ve put the sun in the palm of my hand.”
That night, my friend prayed to receive Christ.
We can miss out on so much of God’s glory because we let Satan bind us with fear. God invites us today to “be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” -Deuteronomy 31.6
*****************Pause to Consider
*What fears keep you from sharing about Jesus? List them.
*Is Christ real to you today?
*Have you asked Jesus to set you free from these fears?
*What is one thing, today that you could do to break free from your fear?