Do you ever change what you are going to say based on the company that you are with? When you are with your Christian friends or people from church, do you speak in a different way than you do when you are around your non-Christian friends or neighbors?
Do you inhibit words that would naturally flow out, especially concerning your faith?
I have found this to be true in my own life in recent years.
I don’t know if political correctness seeped in, or I began to tell myself I didn’t want to offend anyone, turn anyone off, maybe end up getting criticized or rejected because of my passion for God- but I do know that I stopped being the bold gal I was back in my younger years.
I want to get that fire back. I don’t want to keep the best thing in my life hidden from people. I want to share it- to boldly speak up on behalf of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ- whom I worship and adore.
He has given us something worth praising Him for and worth sharing. What if that friend died today- and you lost your chance to tell them?
I think in some ways we have lost our sense of immediacy. We don’t contemplate the reality of what people experience when God is not in their life.
What do people do in a crisis without God? How do they get through?
The Lord has been convicting me of this- I can’t live two lives- one where I serve Him and proclaim Him openly and another where I hide this part of me from others because of my own uncertainty of how they will respond.
I believe that the Holy Spirit will guide us as we testify on Christ’s behalf. I have seen this happen in my life in the past. That is why I am so ashamed as I write this post.
I have been unwilling to step out in faith consistently as the Lord calls me to- and I wouldn’t blame these acquaintances if they wondered why I am suddenly talking about God now- since I have not shared about Him in the past?
Why not? Am I ashamed, embarrassed that I am a Christian?
No, I am not ashamed. And I know we need to be ready to give an answer when people ask about the hope that we have in Christ.
Paul is such an amazing example of one who was always ready to give his testimony and speak boldly on Christ’s behalf. After a mob of people beat him and almost killed him (Roman soldiers intervened), he waited until order was restored and then he stepped in front of that same mob to share His testimony and boldly proclaim his new identity in Christ and mission to the Gentiles (Acts 21:17-22:23).
He loved Christ more than His own life. I pray that someday, through the power of God at work in my own life- that I would have a boldness that loves God more than my life.
That seeks to honor and adore Him above all else- even at the expense of my “self.”
Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, 19 for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. 20 I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; 24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me.
I believe witnessing can be a natural overflow of what is in our heart- so that it doesn’t feel forced or awkward. Let us pray together that God will help us find the words and prepare hearts in our friends and neighbors as we seek to share with them.
Dear friends- I pray that God would grant us the courage to boldly proclaim Him to all we know- so that others may also enjoy the salvation that we have received in Jesus Christ our Lord- and we will partake in the blessing of being God’s instrument in bringing salvation to the lost.