“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you where ever you go.” Joshua 1:9
I have this verse hanging on my wall in my room. Be strong and courageous. I think that these two traits are so empowering. Courage is today’s word and I forget about courage a lot. In my own definition, courage is doing things that are awkward and uncomfortable. One of the first things that comes to mind when I think of an awkward situation is sharing the gospel with a stranger. How stinking sad is that?
That is our purpose on this earth but please please tell me you can relate to not knowing when the best time to tell someone about Jesus. Or being scared that they are going to totally 100% with out a doubt reject you because they think you’re a Jesus freak. (Deep down you totally are but the act of putting yourself out there is scary!) I get it it’s awkward sometimes. And I definitely have not mastered talking to strangers, even my friends who aren’t in a relationship with Jesus, about Jesus. But one time I was watching a sermon from the Porch a young adults ministry at Watermark Church in Dallas and the pastor was talking about how it is our need and our calling to share God’s truth. He said can you image the apostle Paul in 2017. Paul suffered for the gospel. He was thrown in jail and beaten because he was telling people about Jesus. Can you imagine if he walked up to you today and asked you why you hadn’t shared the gospel with your family? And in return you answered, because I am afraid it might be awkward. I bet he would laugh at us and think we are freaking crazy people.
For Paul he never cared if it was awkward. For Jesus he never cared if it was awkward. They were courageous and knew the weight of the information they were sharing with people. We know that weight too! We know the importance of sharing the gospel, if that person accepts it, they go to heaven! How COOL?
I want to hold each other accountable here. I genuinely want to work on sharing the gospel myself. So let’s do it. Let’s be strong and take the courageous leap out of our comfort zone. No matter what our God is for us and if it turns into the worst conversation ever, God knew that was going to happen. If we can’t communicate it well enough he will make it make sense to whomever we are speaking to.
Let’s have courage and be God’s workmanship.