For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes- Romans 1:16
The Gospel is the good news of Jesus – His death and resurrection, and why this was necessary. The Gospel, to us as Christians is our anchor and a constant reminder of who we used to be, where we used to be…. but for the grace of God through His precious son Jesus. When you think of sharing the Gospel, are you ashamed of it? Is it news you would rather keep to yourself? Before Jesus ascended, He commissioned us to spread the Gospel otherwise how else will people hear about Him and be transformed by His love?
In your workplace, schools, and in non-Christian communities do you find yourself withholding information about your faith or speaking openly about your faith? Where possible we want our speech to be seasoned with salt and bring life to people’s situations, the Gospel does that (Colossians 4:6; Proverbs 18:21). In other words, wherever you find yourself you can be a missionary and allow God to use you as a vessel to reveal Himself to people. When asked, “what do you believe in?” do you hesitate, give a vague answer or boldly confess your Christian faith? Do you find yourself compromising/conforming to fit into a certain environment? These are questions we must all ask ourselves on our journey of faith, depending on our upbringing and exposure to evangelism our answers will be different. However, through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can ALL be empowered to share our faith in our own authentic way.
So do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, or of me, His prisoner. Instead, join me in suffering for the gospel by the power of God2 Timothy 1:8
Hold Up the Mantle of Faith
Be encouraged, you are not alone. Remember you are part of the body of Christ where you can grow in knowledge and understanding of the Word of God through fellowship and discipleship. You can exchange personal experiences with your brothers and sisters in Christ about evangelism, pray and encourage one another. I remember a really great mission statement from Audacious Church YA group and it was “Faith over fear. Honesty over image. Love over entertainment” which captured the fact that as God’s children we have been called out for a specific purpose. Set apart. Holy. We live in a society working hard to make us forget this truth, but we must never forget WHO we are, WHOSE we are and WHY we are on this earth.
Tips on how to overcome the fear and evangelise more:
- Know the Gospel
- Reflect on why Jesus is important to you personally
- Share your faith with family and close friends
- Share on social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
- Join your church evangelism team from time to time
- Go on a mission trip in another city/country
- Listen to testimonies of people who recently converted to Christianity to encourage you!
Whilst on this journey of being bold in sharing the Gospel, be patient and gracious towards yourself as even the disciples of Jesus themselves made mistakes. Had doubt and fear. Yet Jesus still chose them. Used them. Empowered them to fulfil their mission on earth. “For the message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.”- 1 Corinthians 1:18.
If anyone is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in His Father’s glory with the holy angelsMark 8:38
Friends, remember you are salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16), not made to conform to the patterns of this earthly world (Romans 12:2). I encourage you to be a thermostat and set the culture, usher in Kingdom values, and share the gospel. The gospel is lifesaving and was not meant for one but for all.