One of the main reasons why many Christians won’t share the Gospel of Jesus Christ is because of fear. The two main fears that most Christians express when it comes to sharing the Gospel are the fear of rejection and the fear of not knowing what to say. I’ve heard it said that fear does not really exist as fear is supposedly nothing but an acronym for False Evidence Appearing Real. However, I tend to disagree with this type of blanket statement because they don’t apply to every situation. The truth is that fear is a distressing emotion brought on by the threat of danger, pain, or dread. And whether these threats are real or imagined, the fact of the matter is that fear is an emotion given to us by God for our protection and to help us avoid dangerous situations.
A few days ago I was putting out the trash when a feeling of fear came upon me. I looked up, and to my surprise, I saw a shabby looking fox steering me right in the eye. This fox was about 30 feet away, but I was at least 30 feet away from my door. And even though, at that moment fear meant Forget Everything And Run to me, running didn’t seem like a wise option because of the distance. Not knowing the condition of this fox, thoughts raced through my head of how I would be able to defend myself if an attack were to occur. Fortunately, the fox ran off and I begin the process of putting my heart back in my chest. The fear I felt was a real fear and it was real for a potentially good reason. After all, the fox could have attacked me and the fox could have had rabies. So being fearful in that situation was appropriate.
Those that say fear is not real often reference 2 Timothy 1:7 which states, “God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power love and a sound mind.” These individuals are correct in their citations, but depending on the situation, these individuals could also be taking this verse out of context. What we must distinguish between is the emotion of fear as opposed to the spirit of fear. The emotion of fear is given to keep us safe. My encounter with the fox is a good of example of why we are given the emotion of fear.
On the other hand, while the emotion of fear is given to keep us safe, the spirit of fear is given to keep us still because fear has a way of immobilizing you. In fact, the spirit of fear not only immobilizes you and keeps you still, but the spirit of fear can also keep you silent. As Christians, we are saved to serve and serving requires action. Therefore, Christians cannot afford to be either still or silent. Christian must be active and one of the most important activities a Christian must perform is sharing the Gospel and leading someone to Christ.
God did not give us a spirit of fear. Instead, God has given us a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). He did this so that He could use us to help advance His kingdom here on earth by helping people come to know His Son, Jesus Christ, as Savior and Lord. The spirit of fear comes from Satan who uses this kind of fear as a device to keep Christians from sharing the Gospel. I am a firm believer that, “Those who know better, do better.” Therefore my advice to you when it comes to sharing the Gospel is to beware of fear and to “know” better.
KNOW the different between the spirit of fear and the emotion of fear. The emotion of fear can protect you, but the spirit of fear can prevent you from doing all that God has called you to do. God says, “Fear not, for I am with you” (Isaiah 41:10). KNOW that people don’t reject you when sharing the Gospel, if there is rejection, they are rejecting Jesus (Luke 10:16). KNOW a few Bible verses and committed them to your memory as well as to your heart. Peter said always be ready to give an answer (1 Peter 3:15). KNOW that perfect love cast out all fear and the fear of man brings a snare: but whoever puts his trust in the LORD shall be safe” (Proverbs 29:25).
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