REACH OUT. WHAT’S STOPPING YOU?
“When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.”
Have you ever felt the guilt and annoyance at yourself that comes after losing an opportunity to reach out and share Jesus to a family member, relative, friend, or coworker?
For some, there are times when the desire to obey Jesus and “go and make disciples” is so compelling, and yet thoughts of rejection and persecution slither into their minds and hearts. These fears hold them back and sometimes, it causes them to completely miss out on an opportunity to plant a seed. On the other hand, it may be the opposite for you. You may be thinking, “I’ll share the Gospel when I’m a better and more mature Christian,” or “I’ll talk about Jesus to my peers when I’m ready.” We are all prone to this, one way or another. Sometimes these notions are already subconsciously etched in our brain because we compare our walk with God to other people, and their walks seem to us as more fulfilling and real and true.
But Matthew 10:19-20 hits the bull’s eye and pierces through those mindsets. These two verses remind us that when Jesus commanded His disciples all over Israel and now all over the world to preach the Good News, He did not tell them to prepare long speeches and know the answer to every question. He did not tell them to wait until they were deemed ready and mature believers. Instead, Jesus chose ordinary people to tell everyone about an extraordinary God who will provide everything from the roof over their heads to the words that they will speak. Boldness in evangelism comes when we choose to put our trust wholeheartedly in Jesus, depending on Him solely for the courage to speak and throwing our back-up speech plans and flowery words to the wind so that we will say only what He wants us to say. We don’t have to wait until we are “ready” because by ourselves, we will never be. All He asks of us is to be willing, and He will take care of the rest.
So let us be bold in our faith in Him. It isn’t easy to daily be on fire for God, but by constantly immersing ourselves in His word and prayer and humbly relying on His strength in everything that we do and all that we are, God uses our lives to speak volumes of His love and grace even to the people that we do not know.
Recall some of the main reasons why it is hard for you to share the love of Jesus and what He did for us to people, especially those who are close to you. Take time to pray for boldness and courage, and for three people that you want to reach out to (by word or deed) this week.