Summary: When it comes to sharing Jesus with fear, 1 - Realize You Are Normal, 2 - Keep Your Eyes on Jesus, and 3 - Remember the Reward
What keeps the majority of Christians silent when it comes to sharing Jesus with others?
Fear of rejection
Fear of not knowing what to say
Fear of what people might think of me
Fear of the potential problems that might arise if I stand boldly for Jesus
When I was in third grade, I had to get up in front of the whole school and quote Patrick Henry’s, “Give me liberty or give me death!” I was so nervous because I kept thinking of everything that could go wrong.
What if I forget what to say?
What if people think I didn’t do good?
What will people think of my costume?
With my heart beating out of my chest, I was able to say my line without too many problems. I’m thankful that I went ahead and got the job done, though I was a bit fearful.
If fear of others is the number one reason we don’t share our faith in Christ, how can that obstacle be overcome?
1 – Realize You Are Normal
There is a statement that goes around that says, “95% of all Christians have never led another person to faith in Jesus Christ.”
Honestly, I would go on record as saying, “100% of Christians have never led another person to faith in Jesus Christ.”
What do I mean by that? The Holy Spirit is the real soul winner. We have the privilege of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with everyone, but only the Holy Spirit can bring someone out of spiritual death to new life in Christ.
You never fail when you witness. The only failure is being disobedient to God as He gives you opportunity to share. God is not going to disown and reject you because you failed to maximize that opportunity to share.
You never fail if someone turns down Christ. Don’t take it too personally if they turn down Jesus. It’s Him they are rejecting, not you.
Jesus preached the good news and He is God. Still, not everyone received His message.
John 1:12 - He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.
Just because some didn’t receive Him, didn’t stop Him from proclaiming the good news.
It’s normal to have some fear when it comes to sharing your faith in Christ with others. However, none of us get an excuse card from God saying, “Because my child is fearful, they are excused from sharing my great news of salvation with their family and friends.”
1 Peter 3:14 – Do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled.
John 14:1 - Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.
You are normal if you get a little apprehensive when it comes to sharing your faith. Remember, that’s just part of it. You begin to overcome that fear by obeying God and believing His truth.
2 Timothy 1:8 - do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God.
When I was in seminary, my evangelism professor stood before our class and shared his success in witnessing and reaching the lost for Christ. He shared story after story of winning sinners to the Savior. He said there was a time when he led people to Christ for sixty days in a row! I was amazed!!