Getting Out There

And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.                Isaiah 6:8           

Why is evangelism so hard for me?

If I had to state one reason (excuse), it would be:“I’m not gifted to do it.”

I know it’s true – the ability and passion to witness, especially to strangers, was not woven into my DNA. My attempts to reach out often include stuttering, and a nervously-voiced Bible verse – not a very engaging style. In contrast, I’ve watched as certain friends make evangelism look effortless, as smooth as silk.

For years, I’ve told myself that it’s better for me to just stay out of the way and let the professionals handle witnessing. After all, I might actually do more harm than good. But the longer I live as a follower of Christ, the less I believe that. And in light of Scripture, any other excuses I have come up with start to fall apart as well.

Jesus said straight out, “Go and make disciples,” and that Great Commission wasn’t meant for only the original eleven apostles.  Before that, David and other Psalm writers called God’s people to proclaim the greatness of our Lord.   

In other words, this is work we are all supposed to be doing. And if I’m not silver-tongued, so what? God wants me and you to open our mouths. Whether beautiful poetry or awkward phrases come out, He will use our words to reach the world.

Knowing that gives me butterflies in my stomach and, oddly, some reassurance. Because it means I can’t hide behind excuses, but as I timidly start to step out more, the Holy Spirit will be there to show me how.
is anything keeping you from being a witness in the world around you?

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