Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
We are going to start off by talking about a number of common barriers that keep us from sharing our faith. None of these are intended to make you feel shame or judgement, but we hope to encourage and inspire you to look beyond your current circumstances and realize that you have tremendous potential to reach people for Jesus Christ right where you are!
The first barrier is comfort.
Jesus called his followers to go. He told them to step out in faith and bring the Gospel to all the nations– to places where it will likely not be welcome. Think of someone that is close to you personally, or that you are often in close proximity to, who is far from God. That is where we are first called to go. This will potentially come with some risk, both emotionally and relationally. But, by keeping conversations “safe” and avoiding stepping out of our comfort zone, we are missing out…
There are degrees of comfort that are intended for human flourishing. God is good and He is the Creator of all good things. Comfort itself is a gift but an addiction to comfort can keep us from being challenged to grow: when we are challenged, we are changed. If you live in the Western world, it’s likely that you live a very comfortable life compared to the standard of living for many people globally.
This week, starting TODAY, we encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone. Say no to letting comfort impede your growth because it feels safe. Step out and use your voice. Remember the God who created all things and comforts you with his presence is with you always. Allow yourself to be challenged and changed and, in turn, change the world around you!
The more we share the Gospel the more comfortable we will be. We talk about the things we love. We love Jesus and what he has done in our lives. The Gospel is the most important thing to us: without it, we have no hope or true peace… Sharing the Gospel can be uncomfortable because it can make people uncomfortable. It is like bright headlights on a dark, deserted road; you want to turn your head away because it is nearly painful. That is why we take a genuine interest in others, pray for them, show we care, and lovingly and appropriately get uncomfortable and share the life-changing message of the Gospel.
Ask God to highlight the areas of comfort in your life that are limiting you from your full potential. Then ask God to show you the joy that comes from breaking through the addiction by the power of His Spirit in prayer.
Who is in your immediate circle that you can show the love of God to in a practical way? This is how we show the world what God is truly like. Once they experience His care and mercy, they will likely be open to hear more of His message.