Adapted by Richard L. Burguet • Each One Reach One •
Obeying the Lord in the area of personal evangelism can indeed be scary. Just the thought of rekindling friendships with un-churched folks, turning conversations to spiritual issues, asking for a response to the hard truths of the Scripture, or pointing out the need to repent can make even the most mature believer join Jonah on the next boat to Tarshish!
But notice the refreshing transparency of the Apostle Paul. He openly admitted that he “did not come with superiority of speech or wisdom.” Rather, he came in “weakness and in fear and in much trembling” to serve and love his unbelieving friends in Corinth. (1 Cor 2:1-5) Remember how Moses responded when he was asked by the Lord to leave his comfort zone to lead the Israelites out of Egypt and to the promised land. He pleaded, “O Lord, please send someone else!” (Ex 4:13) When Solomon and Jeremiah were challenged to take a stand for the Lord in their culture, they both tried to excuse themselves by exclaiming, “I do not know how to speak, for I am only a child.” (1 Kgs 3:7, 9; Jer 1:6) And don’t forget good ole Timothy, who needed constant encouragement because of his timidity. (2 Tm 1:6-9; 4:5-8)