Here are 4 ways you can share your faith without fear. What ways would you add?
God Gives the Increase
When we share the gospel we should understand that it is God alone Who does the saving. John 6:44a says “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.” Acts 2:47b says “And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” The Book of Acts records again how the church grew so rapidly, “The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord” (Acts 11:21). It is not our responsibility to save anyone, it is their response to His ability but it is our responsibility to tell them.
Be Blessed by God
Jesus says that we can be blessed if we are persecuted for His sake, saying “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account” (Matt 5:10-11). I want that! Did you know that “If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you” (1 Pet 4:14).
The Power’s not in us but in the Gospel
I have no power to save anyone but I do know the true source of power. Paul said in Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” The power is in God’s Word and the gospel is God’s Word on how people can be saved. Know this, God guarantees that “my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11). It takes a man or woman of God, to proclaim the Word of God, mixed with the Spirit of God, to make the children of God, all for the glory of God. He’s got power behind His Word. He promises, so take the whole Word to the whole world, even if it’s right next door.
Think about their Eternity
If you really stop and think about it, the greatest act of love you can show anyone is to tell them truth; that if they step out of this life without Christ, they are doomed. The most loving thing you can do is to snatch them out of the coming fire of God’s wrath, to save them from the eternal separation from God, and to keep them from eternal torment. I wouldn’t want my worst enemy to face the eternal fires of hell. Jude pleads with us to “have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh” (Jude 1:22-23).
The next time you hesitate on telling someone about God’s grace and mercy, think about their eternity, think about where the power to save comes from, think about how you can be blessed, and know that it is God Who grants salvation. He does use us but He is the One Who saves. Paul asks “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news” (Rom 10:14-15). I pray that “someone” will be you.
May God richly bless you,
Pastor Jack Wellman[ssba]
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