Are You Afraid to Share Your Faith?

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Three questions that most Christians hope they will never be asked are: (1) Have you been reading your Bible daily? (2) Are you setting aside a regular time for private prayer each day? And (3), do you share the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ with the lost on a frequent basis?

How often do you witness to the unsaved?  The first two questions are not as shocking to most professing Christians because these are the easiest of the three in which to engage. I am not saying that daily devotional times are a cake-walk, but usually most true believers are semi-consistent in their daily reading of the Scriptures and in private prayer. The latter of these two, private prayer, is obviously the more difficult of the first two. Nevertheless, as much as Christians may struggle with being able to give a satisfactory answer to these initial questions, the most dreaded of the three, by far, is the last question: How often do you attempt to evangelize the lost?  The reason why this question is most feared is because it is the one that can be most easily measured by others. The first two are of a more private nature, and slipping in doing them is not as easily detected by the average churchgoer, …until there is about to be, or has been, a great moral failure. However, it is this last question about personal evangelism that is both seen and known by all men (believing and unbelieving alike). This fact brings us face-to-face with the reasons why the vast majority of professing Christians do not evangelize the lost in their immediate sphere of influence. The reasons are four: (1) They fear rejection and humiliation - but these realities are often good for our sanctification and strengthening of our faith (Proverbs 29:25; Mark 8:38); (2) They fail to see that this duty is a spiritual discipline which they must cultivate - but God’s commands about this duty are crystal clear for every believer (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8); (3) They have forgotten God’s love for them - but God says that His love for us should move us to love others with the gospel (1 John 4:19; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21); and (4) They feel inadequate to carry out this evangelical responsibility, but Paul found a way even though he also felt very inadequate (2 Corinthians 2:16; 1 Corinthians 9:19-23). In other words, why not begin by praying for another believer who would be willing to train you, and then, start sowing seed today (1 Corinthians 3:6; 2 Corinthians 3:5-6)! If that approach does not open up readily, go to your pastor and ask that your church start a class to equip you and others, to assist you toward obeying this most holy duty of every Christian (2 Timothy 2:2)!  O brothers and sisters, we must not wait for the world to come to us, we must go to the world (1 Corinthians 2:1) using every Biblically- warranted means possible to “win” them to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Proverbs 11:30). Otherwise, their souls will perish by being punished forevermore in eternal hell-fire (Matthew 25:46; John 3:16)! We must be urgent and prayerful about opening our mouths to the lost who are all always around us!!

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