Conntecting the Dots

Overcoming Fear About Evangelism

Have you ever noticed how we find it easy to tell others about  our favourite movies and books, restaurants we enjoy, and particular hairdressers who do a good job? We’re even quick to recommend doctors or naturopaths who heal us physically, but when it comes to recommending the One who promises spiritual healing, well, that’s a different story.

Evangelism can be difficult. No doubt fear plays a role—fear of being labeled a religious fanatic, of offending someone with differing views, of stumbling over our words, and of rejection. Maybe we’re afraid of failure–we try to tell someone about Jesus but what do we do if they don’t pray the sinner’s prayer?

Fear is big, but we can alleviate it by remembering this truth: It’s not our job to convict people of sin and their need for Christ. That’s the Holy Spirit’s role.

Jesus the answer

Our job is to tactfully and graciously tell what Christ has done for us. We need not feel embarrassed or apologetic. We simply need to say what we’ve experienced and, in doing so, introduce the One who’s brought healing and hope.

The apostle Paul said, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes…” (Romans 1:16). He boldly proclaimed Christ, telling others what He’d done for him. Some people responded; others did not. Regardless, Paul proclaimed Jesus Christ as the way, the truth, and the life to those walking in darkness.

As Christ’s followers, we’re to do the same. Let’s ask God to give us opportunities and the courage to tell others about Jesus, and let’s trust Him for the results..

Adapted from Morning Moments With God: Devotions for Busy Women

Published in 2014. Used with permission by Harvest House Publishers.

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