I was cut to the core just like in Acts 2:37, “When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” You see, a few months ago, I took a Disciple-Making class with Susan Freese at Chets. One of the things Susan spoke about was how God can use many different methods of sharing our faith, but the one thing He can’t use is our silence.
I realized that I’ve been silent for far too long.
I’ve tried to love those around me well through my actions (which is important), but I realized that I haven’t been sharing the whole gospel. William Fay says it so well in his book Share Jesus Without Fear, “Christians are in two categories: Those who talk about the lost and those who talk to the lost. Even those who talk to the lost- some are only willing to throw out hints, instead of life preservers to those who are drowning. They don’t share enough information to allow the Holy Spirit to effect a heart change. They fail to tell their friends how to go from a state of death to a state of life.”
I realized that is me! The Lord has shown me that I need to stop throwing out hints! My fear of awkwardness and rejection (which is really my pride) has been limiting me in sharing the gospel more boldly with others in my life. Romans 10:14-16 says,
How can they believe in the one whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?…So, faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”
So, I thought to myself. What do I do now? Where do I go from here? Here’s where the Lord has led me so far:
With My Work– I work at a Christian school and was able to share what I’ve been learning during a faculty devotion. Many teachers mentioned how encouraged they were to step out with more boldness too. Another teacher and her husband even went out and bought Bibles to keep with them so that they will be prepared to share whenever God opens the opportunity.
With My Neighborhood– The Armor of God study gave me an idea. I decided that I would invite my neighbors to the summer Bible study. At times, I wanted to chicken out and thought maybe I’d just hand out a few Bible study flyers. Then, I read about the blind woman in India who came to the All In Ministries conference. She walks around and asks to clean women’s homes so she can have an opportunity to share about Jesus. Her story is incredible! After reading about her boldness I knew I had no excuse. She did not let her disability stand in the way of being faithful. I decided that I will not let my fear stand in the way of me being faithful. To the neighbors that I know a little bit more about, I tried bringing them something more personal with the Bible study invitation. One neighbor just lost her dog to cancer, so I brought her a bracelet in honor of her Boston terrier. Another neighbor is about to have a baby, so I brought her the book What to Expect- The First Year. My next-door neighbor’s mom is very ill and at the same time her brother is battling cancer, so I provided her family with a meal. To the neighbors that I’ve never really met, I handed out freshly baked cookies.
So far, I have not led anyone to the Lord, but I am excited to be playing a part in planting seeds. I am continuing to pray for the Holy Spirit to lead me each day. William Fey also says in his book Share Jesus Without Fear, “Success is sharing your faith and living your life for Jesus Christ. It has nothing whatsoever with bringing someone to the Lord. It has everything to do with obedience. Even if you do not have the privilege to see someone respond the first time you share your faith, you have not failed because you were obedient.”
One thing I learned in last summer’s Bible study Restless is that, “Our God does not separate secular and spiritual. He just wants you to participate in His story wherever you are and with whatever you have.” Whether you are a college student on campus, a stay at home mom at the park, a working mom in an office, or a grandmother enjoying retirement, God wants each of us to have our eyes open to see who we can reach around us. I pray that God will give all of us boldness to make Him known to those He has placed in our lives.
Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.”
“This post was written by Kelly Miller. Kelly is a wife to Ben, mommy to a sweet daughter, and a 2nd grade teacher at Providence. She is an active member of the Stevens Lifegroup. She enjoys studying God’s word and loves to encourage others in their relationship with the Lord. Some of her favorite things include playdates with friends, massages, and iced coffees.”