« Does No Eternal Life Equal Greater Accountability Now? (Video) | Main | Links Mentioned on the Show »

June 25, 2013

Comments

I also find it helpful to remind myself of the "fear" that others before me have faced with God's help, and then all of a sudden being made fun of doesn't seem so bad.

For example, we read in Acts of the multiple times the Apostles were hauled before the Sanhedrin, interrogated, beaten, and then told not to preach the gospel anymore.

Or we have the example of Stephen, who confronted the Sanhedrin, preached the gospel to them, and then they killed him for it; his reaction? "Lord, do not hold this sin against them."

Or we have any of the martyrs over the centuries that considered Christ more important than the esteem of their fellow man.

The point being, J is spot on when he writes, "Sometimes our fears expose what’s really important to us, so they’re a good place to assess and address our priorities."

"And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell." (Matt. 10:28)

I was baptized in October 1979, at age 18. Evangelism has always felt awkward to me, akin to selling a product when you never felt comfortable being a salesman.

"You don't want to buy this, do you?"

I have gone through stages of my life being self-assured, doubtful, to being outright confused, sometimes simultaneously. I enjoy discussions about faith, religion, and spirituality, but have never felt so self-confidently right that I could "evangelize" with the attitude that I knew precisely what I was talking about.

A big mistake we make is believing that we have nothing to learn from those (non-Christians) we talk to, and instead feel that we have to "make the sale" no matter what because we, after all, have the truth. This is not an enjoyable way to live.

The comments to this entry are closed.