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January 10, 2018

Overcoming the fear of sharing the gospel

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 
2 Timothy 1:7 

A condemned prisoner awaiting execution was given the usual privilege of choosing his last meal. The prison guards looked in bewilderment when the meal arrived. It was a plate full of mushrooms!

The prisoner sat down and started eating the mushrooms one-by-one while the guards stood by silently. Finally, after he had eaten the last one, a guard spoke up and asked, “How was it?”

“Delicious,” replied the prisoner.

“So I have to ask,” the guard blurted out. “Why a plate full of mushrooms? I’ve never seen you eat a single one before.”

“Well,” replied the prisoner, “I always wanted to try them, but was afraid before now.”

How many people today live their lives out of fear because they’re afraid to do something new? Some are terribly afraid of sharing the gospel because of how they think others will react. Yet they’ve never really even tried it.

When you do something out of your comfort zone like talk about Jesus, you’ll likely find it’s not as scary as you thought. So make it a point to weave Jesus into conversations. You may be surprised how God uses you to share His message of hope with someone else!

Prayer Challenge:

Pray that God would give you the opportunity and courage to bring up Jesus in a conversation with someone who doesn’t know Him.

Questions for Thought:

When you think about sharing the gospel with a lost person, what kind of emotions does that bring up?

How might your life look differently if instead of acting out of fear, you fully trusted that God wants to use you to bring others to Him?

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