“I’m not ready to share the Gospel.”
“I don’t know how to talk about Jesus to my friends.”
“I’ll leave ministry to the pastors who know what they are doing.”
“I’ll do more damage than good.”
“I don’t want them to think I’m one of those crazy Jesus freaks.”
“I don’t believe in pushing my beliefs off on someone else.”
Recognize any of these statements? If you’re anything like me, you’ve thought a few of these to yourself at some point in your life. I have more than once. But do you still hold to any of these statements when it comes to sharing the Gospel with people?
I’ve come to realize that much of the American view of Christianity lies completely in self. Each one of these statements contains the word “I” as if the Gospel has anything to do with how we feel or what we know. God entered the world, became one of His creation in order to redeem His creation from the sin and death they chose. This is the Good News. Anyone can understand it. Anyone can preach it. Anyone can follow it. All need it…. And none of it is based on our comfortability.
Yet we make excuses why we should not have to spread the Gospel when around the world people die for it every day. There is no room for selfishness in the Kingdom of Heaven, especially when the Jesus we follow calls us to die to self every day.
So you may lack eloquence… that’s ok.
You may stumble on the right words to say… that’s ok.
You may be so nervous just thinking about it… that’s ok too.
So just say a prayer. Ask for the words, the thoughts, the understanding of how to best relate the Gospel to someone… and just do it. Telling people about the Jesus you love and who has saved you awakens your faith like nothing else. No one needs be a master of the Bible to tell the world of God’s love for them.
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. – Matthew 28:18-20 NKJV
Jesus calls each of us to spread the Gospel. “But not me…” No, each of us means you too. So go and discover the joy that comes from sharing your faith. It is hard, rewarding, and life changing. God knows this; why do you think He tells us to go!
Leave your story here of how you have shared the Gospel lately and share this with your friends!