Sometimes, when I walk past that man standing on the corner with his bible in hand (the one screaming and shouting about salvation) God speaks to me, and says: “One day, that’s going to be you.”
I laugh. I tell him I have my own ways of doing things. (Ways that don’t involve me looking like a lunatic, embarrassed, being either ignored or laughed at.)
God says to me again. “One day, that’s going to be you.”
I argue, and tell him that I prefer to speak to people who I know about him. People I already have a relationship with, not complete strangers.
Truth is: I’m lying. I’m not afraid of looking like a loon. I’m afraid of sharing the gospel.
I’m afraid someone will ask a question I won’t be able to answer. I’m afraid I’ll look stupid. I’m afraid they’ll reject me. I’m afraid and I’m ashamed.
But what if they need me, and I don’t tell them? What if they go home tonight and sleep forever? What if they have to live the rest of their life without knowing they are truly loved: Without experiencing real peace and understanding hope?
Would my embarrassment be worth them having to live a life without Christ? Would it be worth them having to die a death without him?
If we can’t imagine a life without him; why should we expect anyone else to live without him?
I think a lot of us have forgotten just what we have been saved and set free from. If we truly knew we wouldn’t be able to help but be the crazy kind of Christian. The kind that just can’t shut up talking about Jesus.
The kind that knows that action do speak louder than words; but doesn’t use that as an excuse for not speaking out.
The kind that isn’t afraid to look daft sometimes, and who knows that when they take a chance on sharing their faith, that God always comes through for them, and gives them the right words to say.
The kind of Christian who knows that sharing the greatest message is the most exciting thing that they can ever do.
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. (Romans 1:16)