Now that we’ve discussed the three major fears that prevent us from sharing Christ, we need to ask ourselves a few questions.
- Am I telling people about Christ?
- Am I looking for opportunities to tell others about Christ?
- Is telling people about Christ important to me?
I hope that we can answer “yes” to those questions. If we answer “no” to any of them, we need to ask ourselves the following questions.
- Are there any circumstances under which it is okay for a Christian to refuse God’s instructions?
- Am I exempt from the Great Commission?
- Would He call me to do something without enabling me to follow Him?
- Is there anything too big for God to handle?
- Are there any promises that God will not keep?
- Is others’ response to the clear, compassionate presentation of the Gospel my responsibility?
The answer to the above questions should be “no.”
- Christians should not disobey God. “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous” (I John 5:3).
- The Great Commission, sharing the Gospel and making disciples, is every believer’s responsibility. “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:19-20). “[…] God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation” (II Corinthians 5:19).
- When God calls us to do something, He’ll equip us for it. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13). “And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power” (Colossians 2:10).
- God can handle anything. “I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee” (Job 42:2). “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).
- God always keeps His word. “[… Y]ea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it” (Isaiah 46:11). “For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth” (Psalm 119:89-90).
- It’s God’s job to change men’s hearts when we do our job of sharing the Gospel. “So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase” (I Corinthians 3:7). “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever” (I Peter 1:23).
So, if we believe what the Bible says (and we should!) then we must agree that sharing to Gospel is of utmost importance and that we all bear responsibility for it. At this point, as we’ve identified some things that prevent us from sharing the Gospel and we’ve identified what God’s Word says, we should feel some urging from the Holy Spirit to actually do it. In the next installment of this series, we’ll begin looking at some ways of sharing our faith.