Boldly Speaking Up, Even When it’s Hard by Sophie Jackson

Posted: November 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

For a long time, I really struggled with the concept of reaching out to people that are in my life daily with the intention of showing them Christ. My relationship with Jesus was something private to me, and I could tell that to a random person I wouldn’t ever see again about Christ because they wouldn’t judge me for it later. This way, in my mind, I was still telling people about Christ, but not being “that obnoxious Christian” to my friends. There was an obvious gaping hole in this logic, but it was a comfort to me so I allowed myself to believe it.

When I was in high school, our youth minister Frank showed us a video of an atheist talking about Christians and sharing the gospel. He talks about how after a show (the atheist is a comedian) a Christian approached him, gave him a bible and had highlighted verses for him. This prompted him to make a video questioning why Christians who believe in a real place called hell, where people will go if they don’t hear the gospel, don’t evangelize. He says “How much do you have to hate someone to not tell them?” Frank put it like this; it would be like knowing the cure for cancer and deciding not to share it. The atheist suggested a great metaphor of not telling someone they’re about to be hit by a bus. As P.F. Bresee says, “We are debtors to every man to give him the gospel in the same measure in which we have received it.” Frank then went on to stress the importance of evangelism of not only people we love and care about, but to others too. I, at the time, was completely on the others thing, but I had totally missed the mark with the people I value the most.

My brother is one of those people that I was afraid to share the gospel with. I love him with all of my heart and would never wish any sort of harm to come to him, yet I was holding back from sharing my faith with him. I was afraid of messing up, not knowing enough, the usual excuses. However, once I counted to three and just started the conversation, it was great. To quote We Bought A Zoo, “All you need is 20 seconds of insane courage and something great will come of it.” You just need to get the ball rolling. You don’t have to have all the answers, but explain who the Lord is, how He moved in your life, what He has done. We actually need to speak up. Verbally. Not  only show Christ through your actions because who’s testimony have you heard that says, “I observed this one Christian who never spoke to me about Jesus, but their actions made me suddenly conscious of the gospel and now I believe.”  I think that John Piper explains it best in this quote on our role in sharing the gospel.

“We do two key things. We pray for God to open the eyes of the blind. And we speak words of truth about Christ so that when the people’s eyes are opened, there is something to believe. The Holy Spirit never opens the eyes of the heart until there is gospel truth in the mind to believe. That’s our job. We put the truth of Christ into a person’s mind with a testimony; we pray for the miracle of spiritual sight for the blind. And God in his time and in his way says, “Let there be light!” Don’t take on more than is your human responsibility in this process. But far more urgent for us is: DON’T TAKE ON LESS!”

I encourage you to pray for opportunities this week to share the work the Lord has done in your life. He is faithful and will give you opportunities; you just need to take them.

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