Stepping up

“Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you.”  Philippians 1:27-28.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; Songs of Solomon 5-8, and Philippians 1.

This verse scares me.

I am not comfortable sharing the gospel.  These verses advocate sharing fearlessly.

My fear occurs even before I share the Gospel.  Before it even happens, I’m in full worry!  “What will they think?”  “Will they be mad?” “Could I permanently ostracize myself from people I talk with?”

All of my questions betray me.  How?  On my own strength, interacting with relative strangers is awkward for me on almost any topic.

Then, of course, there is sharing the Gospel with family.  That’s where the potential ostracizing fear comes in.

Sadly, today’s entry reveals to me my need for a serious upgrade in my relationship to God.  I desperately want the relational level that wipes away my fear of presenting the Gospel to others.  I MUST surrender those fears to Him.  I MUST realize that I’m throwing a counterfeit god into my life.  That god is comfortable only where I anticipate/have happy verbal exchanges.

“God, help me.  Fill me with You.  Toss out the counterfeit gods of my life.  I want to rightly represent You EVERYWHERE I am.  Forgive me for my fearfulness.  I love You.  You are over everything that I will ever face.  Help me to stand up for You this day.”

Do you fear sharing the Gospel?  Welcome to the club!

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