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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

"I am not very religious or anything..."

I heard a friend of mine that I work with say "I am not very religious or anything so we don't really go to church."  Wow how uncomfortable that made me feel.  This is someone that I talk to every single day but I have never found the time to even ask about her religious views. There was my chance to step in and share the good news of Jesus Christ and let her know it's not just about "being religious" but asking Jesus in your heart and having a real true relationship with Him.
I can't help but wonder how many people are there out there like that think of church as only a religious thing?  How many acquaintances do we pass every single day but yet don't have the time or courage to ask them where they are going to spend eternity?  Witnessing is a very difficult thing for me.  Sure I can hide behind a computer and post Bible verses and encouragement but to actually stop and ask someone about their relationship with Christ scares me to death... especially someone that I talk to every single day and am not sure how they would react.  I am not confident enough in myself and my knowledge to really press someone.  What if they come back with questions or comments that I don't know the answer to?  What if they totally shun me and think I am "holier than though?"  I know so many times I tell myself that someone else will share it with them.
I once heard a preacher say "How much do you have to hate someone to not tell them about all the great things that Jesus can do for them?"  Ouch!  I know God put us here on this earth to be disciples for him, to share the gospel and bring people to Christ.  But wow it's a tough thing for me.  I know I can feel God pressing on me to speak up and not only share his love through my actions but also through my words.  I would hate for someone to spend eternity in Hell because I was too scared to speak up!  I pray that I have not let my one opportunity to share his word with this friend pass me by.  I pray that God opens that door for me to step in again and give me that opportunity to push aside my fears and give me the encouragement to share His love instead of stepping back and letting the opportunity pass me by.

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 11 And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher. 12 That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day. - 2 Timothy 1:6-12

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