“The people who live now are living in a sinful and evil time. If people are ashamed of me and my teaching, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes with his Father’s glory and with the holy angels (Mark 8:38, NCV).”
I wasn’t born a Christian, but I was born into a Christian household and family. When I accepted Christ as Savior, I was one month shy of my seventh birthday. I was in awe of what He had done just for me. Sadly, my motivation for joining the church was less than honorable–I just wanted to sing in the children’s choir. Of equal saddness was my failure to share my appreciation for Christ’s work on the cross with my classmates–elementary, nor junior-high. All those years in school, and I don’t recall sharing my faith before my Junior year in high school.
I’ve heard so many people say their lives were the only bible some folks would ever read. I’m guilty of following that logic, only I’ve come to believe–for some of us–it is a cop-out statement–relying on our lives to speak for us, instead of speaking for ourselves. I don’t imagine I’ll get much support on this, but nevertheless, I’ve got to speak on it (every pun intended). At some point in time, a Christian has to share the good, bad and ugly of their life with someone else. My prayer is that we don’t allow the possibility of looking less-than-cool keep us from sharing our faith. I pray we don’t allow the fear of sounding illogical keep us from telling the goodness of God during our most difficult days. Prayerfully, when given the opportunity to speak up on behalf of Christ, we’ll accept the challenge and allow the Holy Spirit to do the saving. It isn’t our responsibility to make people believe; our responsibility is to share our belief and trust God for the rest. After all, He alone knows those who will accept His sacrifice.
I read something a few years back that helped solidify my thoughts on the matter. Marsha DuCille, publisher and editorial director of CALLED Magazine, wrote: “‘Sometimes our “call” is entwined with our “fall.”‘ The thing that has caused you to stumble and feel defeated might be your greatest ministerial tool (March 15, 2011 devotional).” If not being perfect has kept you from sharing your faith, now is the time to get untangled from that faulty thinking. Being less-than-perfect has not disqualified you from the love of God or the sacrifice of Christ. Instead, it has qualified you to speak to others dealing with the same issues. It has qualified you to be a “subject matter expert.” -WordsInPrint by Suni
Closing prayer: Savior God, thank You for allowing us to participate in Your work in the earth. Help us to go beyond the prayer that asks You to go, and recognize You’ve already gone and have commanded us to go. Help us to share our story, not in arrogance, but humility–recognizing we, too, needed Your shed blood. Cause us to model Your style of evangelism–love first, love always. In Jesus’ name we pray, believing the things we ask we already have. Amen.
Edited; First published March 16, 2011 as FB Note.