For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
2 Timothy 1:7

Earlier this year, I was given the privilege of being an audience member at an independently organized TED talk wherein influential people from different disciplines came to speak about things that they believe in and think are worth sharing. The line-up of speakers was kept a secret until a few days before the event, so I was very thrilled to find out that among them was world-renowned boxing champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.

Pacquiao’s talk was entitled “Discipline of a World Champion,” and one would have probably expected that he would talk about his physical and mental preparation before every fight, his routine when training, his diet, and his winning strategies in boxing. What he spoke about, however, were his humble beginnings as a teenage boy from the province who dreamed and worked hard to make it to the big leagues as a professional boxer. He become rich enough to provide for his mother and siblings back home, and his life-changing encounter with God in a dream led him to believe in Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord and surrender his life to Him.

Pacman used his life story to tell a captive audience that the most important thing in a person’s life is one’s relationship with God.

 

I wonder how we are helping to pass the same message along.

We know that God wants each of His children to be salt and light to the world, taking the story of His redeeming love to those who desperately need to hear it. We also know, though, that this is not as easy as it sounds, especially in this day and age when man seems to have lost his sense of right and wrong, when evil is now somehow acceptable and considered “normal” by the majority who practice it, and when there is no recognition whatsoever of the authority of the Creator God from which all things were made. Sadly, with this deterioration of humanity’s morals and spiritual values, we Christians have developed a much deeper fear of rejection, opposition, and even inadequacy that has rendered us silent, just when the world needs to hear God’s truth the most.

We need to overcome this fear.

God has commanded His saints to reach out to the lost and tell them about Him, and with this command He has also given us His promise: “I am with you always.” Of course, not all Christians are as famous as Manny Pacquiao, and not all of us will get to speak before huge crowds and convince people of our cause. Still, God can use us to speak to our family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and those we meet and spend time with as we go about from day to day.

It was refreshing and encouraging for me to hear a brother in Christ speak so boldly and with such conviction about his faith.

Pacman not only talks about it; he lives by it, too, while the eyes of the world are trained on him. We may be unaware, but there are people around us who are looking at how we live and are trying to figure out how we, as followers of Christ, are different from those who are not. May our lives be a testimony of God’s love and grace. May we let our light shine in the darkness. Through us, may God’s truth be heard above the noise, until the whole world hears and believes in Him.

 


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 Bio:  Deedee Leones is a work in progress being molded skillfully in the hands of the Potter. She is a verbivore (lover of words) who dreams of changing the world through her writing and blogs at https://dandeelions.wordpress.com/