DON'T BE AFRAID TO TELL THE STORY
Heaven will not be boring. The glorious picture in Revelation 21 isn’t even the whole of it, but through it, John gave us a glimpse into the “end” of the story for all of us who believe. But what about the time we have before we get there? What about the people around us who aren’t part of God’s story?
Our mission, while we’re still on this earth, is to invite others into God’s story and into this glorious ending. Our vision for how magnificent heaven will be can grow our desire to tell the story, but we might still have some fears about sharing our faith, too.
Here are three responses to common fears about sharing the gospel:
1 // I don’t have all the answers.
You don’t need to be a bible scholar to share your faith. Talk about how God has been faithful to you and if someone asks you a question you don’t know the answer to, that’s ok. There’s no harm in saying, “I don’t know, but I would love to find out for you,” or “Let’s try and learn more about that together.” James 1:5 also promises, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
2 // It’s awkward.
Sometimes it can be awkward to interject faith into your everyday conversation with someone who doesn’t share your same beliefs. While we need to pray for the right moments to share our faith with others, we also need to remember that our conversations can also have eternal significance. A little bit of awkward in light of eternity doesn’t seem so big. What happens if you are ridiculed? Take comfort in Jesus’ words declaring that you’re blessed and will receive a heavenly reward for criticism on his account (Matthew 5: 11-12).
3 // They won’t be interested.
We aren’t responsible for other’s response to the gospel, but we are responsible for sharing it and inviting others into the story. Jesus himself even experienced rejection so we shouldn’t expect that everyone will turn and believe, but we shouldn’t make that decision for them by not sharing the gospel with them at all. If God was able to change the heart of someone like Paul who was persecuting the church, we can have faith that no one is beyond hope.