Mid Week Wake-Up, February 15, 2017

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What will they think of me when they find out that I’m a Bible believing Christian?
If I try to share the gospel with my colleague at work perhaps everyone will find out about my faith?

If I stand up and speak from a Christian perspective on “that” issue surely they will think I’m narrow and bigoted”.

I don’t feel like I have the right words to share the gospel message – I’m just not that good at speaking about this.

I’m just too timid!

I want people to like me, not hate me!

Who of you reading this wake-up this morning has not ever asked these things at some point or another?  God’s Word should be a great encouragement to us – the apostle Paul sometimes felt the same way:

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.  (2 Cor 4:7-9)

It may sound crazy, but it’s a really good thing that you and I are aware of our weaknesses and that we feel unprepared. Because when weak, feeble, fumbling, fearful people like us, who are  filled with the Holy Spirit and armed with the Word of God,  faithfully speak the gospel, it is a demonstration of the all-surpassing power that is from God.  It is God who is working both in us and through us.  And notice that the response is not our responsibility.  In fact at times we may well feel hard pressed, perplexed, persecuted and struck down.  But we will not be crushed, in despair, abandoned or destroyed.

Only God can change lives.  According to Paul, the success in our witness is more to do with faithfully speaking sharing the message of the gospel.  To some we carry a message of salvation, to others a message of death.  In both cases the message of the gospel is doing its work. Listen to how Paul puts it:

For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.  To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task?  (2 Cor 2:15-16)

Indeed, who is equal to this?

So, let’s pray with the early apostles:   Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.  (Acts 4:29)

Take courage NSC brothers and sisters.  Take courage and speak – even with sweaty hands and a thumping heart.  It’s not all about you, it’s about a work of the God of the whole universe through you!

Would you like to read more about speaking with boldness.  Click on the below link for an excellent article:
https://tinyurl.com/hrpr36e

Pastor Andy