A few weeks ago, my pastor asked the congregation to pray over the people in our lives and what the Lord is asking us to share with them. I immediately became nervous. I enjoy sharing the Gospel with others, but when it comes to reaching out to people beyond my church community I start to get uncomfortable. Why is it so easy for me to display the Gospel in my actions but so difficult to speak openly about God’s grace?
It’s a pride issue. If I share a Bible verse with a friend it might not be well received; and who knows what would happen then? When I read today’s reading from John, I found it to be such a blessing; this verse was exactly what I needed:
“He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who is seeking the glory of the ONE who sent Him, He is true, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.” -John 7:18 (NASB)
I was humbled. When you share God’s Word with someone how they react is not about you. Don’t let the fear of a negative response stop you from sharing the Gospel.