It's not a lot different when we try and talk to people about Jesus. Although for some it seems as if that's just what they were created to do, for the majority of Christians it can be a BIG deal. I can remember as a teenager trying to pluck up the courage to ask a girl that I fancied if she would go out with me. I'd waited for the moment for months. Then on one particular evening at the Church youth group disco whilst dancing with her, I managed to summon up the confidence to squeeze those immortal words 'will you go out with me' out of my mouth.
When it comes to telling others about Jesus confidence can be a key thing. It can be easy to loose our self confidence when we focus on what others may think about us. 'What happens if I tell my friend I'm a Christian - they may not want to be friends with me anymore', or 'people will think I'm a fanatic' - we have to remember our confidence must be in God, he has promised to be with us, so we must look to him. Here's a list of four things that can help us overcome our lack of confidence..
1. Our Relationship with God
3. Be intentional
The early Church were intentional in what they did:
They went out with the intent to preach the gospel
They went out with the intent to confront the powers of darkness
They went out with the intent of seeing people saved
They did not get caught up in the emotion of feeling guilty about what would happen if it didn't work, or with the fear of getting it wrong.
They trusted God to go with them, they believed his word.
They did not go out to make friends - they went out to preach the gospel!
(Just a note: the gospel always works - it doesn't depend on the results we may or may not see!)
We need to become intentional people - intentional in our relationship with God, intentional in prayer and intentional in telling others about Jesus. Being intentional helps us to keep our focus!
In what ways has God surprised you or used you as the answer to your own prayers?
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