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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Sharing the Good News

Why do we hesitate to share with unbelievers what Christ has done for mankind? I believe it’s because we fear rejection. We fear what others will think of us. If asked, we would emphatically say we’re not afraid of people rejecting us if they learn we’re a Christian. Yet we don't explain the gospel. Why? Because we do fear. Deep inside we fear not being well thought of. We fear being ridiculed, or being considered pushy or senseless or weird. We’re afraid we’ll fall over our words and look like an idiot. We fear being the object of scorn. We don't share because we want to maintain the safety and security we feel in the presence of others. But do we value our feelings of security more than the soul of another? I am ashamed to admit I have many times preferred feeling safe and secure—feeling accepted and valued—over being about my Father's business. How utterly self-centered of me.

Lord, help me care less about my feelings of security than about the eternal resting place of those in my company.

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