Stepping out in faith isn’t always easy, especially when it comes to evangelism. After I became a believer at age 10, I saw this need for people to know Jesus but usually did very little about it. I remember I lied to friend once about my testimony so it would sound more like a desperate need for Jesus so they would accept Jesus! HA! Wrong approach. Don’t lie to get people to Jesus. BUT my heart was in the right place for wanting people to know Jesus!
I stepped out of my comfort zones a few times in high school, and got denied each time. I got to college and shared the gospel in my classes and got denied a lot by classmates. I came on staff to work on the same campus, shared the gospel a lot and was denied more than received for a longer conversation about Jesus. I have only (to my knowledge) led a few people to Christ, but I have initiated TONS of conversations. It’s STILL not easy for me to step out in faith. But I do.
I have been trying to step out in faith more and more – believing the truth about what I’m sharing and how their response is not so much about me as it is about where they are with Jesus. I’ve been making myself do things I don’t like so I can be bolder in sharing the gospel. And you want to know something? I step out by faith, and I’m STILL denied!
But that’s what faith is – taking the initiative in the power of the Holy Spirit and leaving the results up to God. When you walk by faith it’s not about the result you do and don’t see, it’s about following Jesus and letting the results be what God wants them to be regardless of what we do or don’t see.
Recently I completely broke down after being rejected for a spiritual conversation. I don’t remember the last time I broke down like this! It’s not that I haven’t cared about each person’s spiritual destination that I have talked to – because it’s that care that drives me to share as much as I can about Jesus. But this time the reality hit me harder than before. I bawled, asking God, “Why am I crying like this? Why does this hurt so much?” He softly responded, “Because someone needs to care for her soul.” Cue more tears!!
SOMEONE NEEDS TO CARE. Christian, we need to care about whether people are going to hell! If you truly believe what the Bible teaches, then we NEED to get over ourselves, over our comfort, and take the initiative in the power of the Holy Spirit to take steps towards what God cares about. In heaven you will not care about how you look to others, but you will care about the people you’re around. And it frightens me that I may be without precious people that Jesus LOVES because I was too scared or too worried about how they would perceive me to not even try to talk to them about The Way, The Truth and The Life!
I hate feeling so broken for people who deny my precious Jesus, but I wouldn’t exchange it for anything else in the world.
Blessed Redeemer – Jesus, You are mine! I have such assurance, such a foretaste of glory divine!! But there are SO MANY who don’t have what I have. They don’t know the hope, peace, and confidence that only You bring to the very depths of life. God break my heart more. Let my heart be like your heart. Help me to get past my insecurities, my fears, my misbeliefs, my excuses so I can walk by faith in the Holy Spirit. Help me to pray fervently and share the gospel boldly. In Your Powerful, Life Saving Name Jesus I pray…
Leah works with Master Plan Ministries at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. Other than watching college students' lives change, she enjoys getting her mind blown by God and His Word, watching sci fi, baking cupcakes, and spending time with her hunky husband.
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