Move Beyond Excuses
At some point, we’ve all been there: that moment when the big biblical question is asked and you get the chance to talk about your faith. Then, as beads of sweat form on your forehead, your ability to talk wanes and you start to search for the exit door.
Even in the midst of opportunity, fear has a tendency to cripple us from taking the step to share our faith. The common excuse is usually, “I don’t know enough.” You wonder what will happen if you are asked the question of all questions. You hope that your answer will be a show stopper, but you’re not sure.
By examining the lives found in the Bible, we can learn about normal, everyday people who shared this exact same fear. Despite this, God used them for great things. Moses told God that He had chosen the wrong guy (Exodus 3 & 4), but found himself demonstrating the reality of God to the entire nation of Egypt. Joseph, through a life of hardship and pain, found himself interpreting Pharaoh’s dreams (Genesis 41). In the Book of Acts, the Apostle Paul found himself continually standing before local and national authorities defending Jesus.
Where did these men find this wisdom? As Joseph told Pharaoh, it is all in God (Genesis 41:16). At a time when Jesus was prepping the disciples for His eventual departure, they were struck with this same fear. Jesus said to them, “I will give you the right words and such wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to reply or refute you” (Luke 21:15).
You can share in this wisdom, too! Take time to read your Bible. Trust God, and pray for Him to give you the words to say. Don’t let the fear of not knowing enough hold you back.
The time has come to move beyond our excuses. A master’s degree in theology is not needed to reveal the hope that is built on a foundation of truth found in a relationship with Jesus. All we need is our story and a willingness to share. John 9 unveils a fascinating account of a man who was blind since birth. He was a beggar who became well known throughout the community. One day, Jesus came walked town and healed his blindness. Excitement ensued while the religious leaders began their process of examination.
Being seemingly outclassed, it would have been easy for this raggedy man to back down under the pressure, but he couldn’t. There was a story to tell. Simply put, this healed man had no answers for the philosophical questions. All he had was his story- “once I was blind, now I can see.”
All we need is our story. Each Christ-follower has something to share of what Jesus has done in their life. Share your story and watch what the Spirit of God will do!