The one thing that hinders me the most in sharing the gospel is not my fear of rejection, but my fear of not having enough knowledge of what’s I am going to share.
What if the seeker asks for a question that requires theologically-based answer? What if I could not reply to her doubts? How will I explain it to her?
These “what if’s” and “how’s” are blocks that build up a wall between us and the seekers. These things are what will hinder us from responding to the Great Commission, along with the fear of rejection.
I am still in awe with the revelation God gave me few weeks ago, which I wrote about in my previous blog.
This week, I am astounded and amazed at the same time because God revealed something to me regarding my fear, through Paul. He said in 1 Corinthians 1:17, “For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.”
There you go! We don’t need to have eloquent wisdom in preaching the gospel. God calls us to be “witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). What does a witness do? He/she tells others about what he/she had seen and experience. Our key is our being an authentic witness to others, proclaiming what God has done for us, in us, and through us.
We don’t need to share everything in fluent English when we’re just talking to locals. We don’t need to know all the answers to all the questions seekers may ask because they are individually-unique persons who experience different circumstances. Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not saying we should forget about knowing theological aspects of Christianity for there will be people who will push us to justify what we’re believing in, that’s why I am also encouraged to read about the evidences of Jesus, and the like. If someone will ask about something and we unfortunately don’t know the answer, we can tell them that we’re excited to know the answers as well, and we’ll keep on praying that God will reveal it to us through time.
Our motivation is not to share to 100 people a month but to be beside a person (even just a single person) and let them know that we care for them just as how God does, and that we will extend His love to them so they would as well experience a life-changing encounter with the Lord.
If we share to someone and in the end, he/she does not accept, that’s okay, because conversion is not really our number one job. It’s the Holy Spirit’s. Our primary task is to be an instrument of God and to have faith. If we will be able to have someone accept Jesus in her life, then that’s great! If not, that’s okay. We just gotta wait, keep on praying for that person and expect God’s divine intervention in that person’s life.
We need to examine our hearts. Is my fear of not having enough knowledge really the issue here? Or am I just using it as an excuse? We need to ask ourselves, “Are we really a follower of Jesus? Do we really love Him?” Because if we do, we will do what He tells us to do, and we will love those He loves, too.
The power of having someone accept Jesus is not based on how well our performance but it’s the cross of Christ that gets the job done. It’s what Jesus did that will change the life of the person and it will be only Him who can change the heart. Lastly, we ought not to “rest in the wisdom of man but in the power of God” (1 Corinthians 2:5). So that when our mission has been accomplished, we won’t boast on ourselves but we will “boast in the Lord” (v.31) because He deserves all the glory and praises!
Here’s to more souls to win for God’s Kingdom! Have a wonderful day!