Ladies, if there is one thing we love - it is to getting together in friendship, laughing and sharing our life trials. Isn't it a blessing to be with others you enjoy over a simple lunch or coffee? Everyone has a need to be with others who they know care and are there to encourage them. But have you ever thought about sharing that friendship outside the bounds of your "comfort zone?"
Now stay with me...don't stop reading.
I want you to do something at the end of this post.
There is a difference between sharing fellowship with others who are "friends in the faith" and sharing friendship with those who are still "in the world." For many it is hard to take that step toward extending a hand of friendship (with the intent of sharing your faith) with someone who is far from the Lord. We want to stay in our comfort zone. We want to give money to missions so others can go and tell, but we ourselves are not able to go and tell in our own community.
A smile, a friendly hello, casual conversation about the weather...it can lead to the beginning of a friendship with someone God may have purposely placed on your path.
Do you really want to miss this opportunity He has given to serve Him and help someone?
Begin each day asking God to place someone on your path.
If we approach each day looking for those God has placed on our path, He will place them there. For many who know they should speak of Christ in their day to day life and cannot... it is a matter of being fearful. A fear of being turned away, rejected after the conversation turns to Christ or having someone roll their eyes at you and walk away. Before someone will listen to what you have to say, they need to know your genuineness.
So what about that fear of being shamed? There is a difference between being shamed for the gospel and being ashamed of the gospel. When you are focused on obeying the command of Christ to "go and tell," you will be shamed for the gospel. That is, you will be the target of shaming behavior from others.
But when this does happen, you need not be ashamed. Why?
Overcoming the fear of speaking boldly of our faith in Christ, comes after we comprehend the fact that Christ was shamed for us. "For the joy that was set before him (Jesus) endured the cross, despising the shame," Hebrews 12:2. The shame that He endured was painful, cruel and demeaning - a horrific site. But shame did not stop Him - the joy that would come was set before Him! He knows the end from the beginning. He knew the triumph of the cross over sin!
Our hearts should be stamped with this verse found in Romans 1:16,
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel.”
Paul said, "I am not ashamed of the message of Christ who was crucified for sinners. Because the gospel is the power of God unto salvation to all who believes."
Paul understood the triumph of the gospel for eternal salvation!
I hope that you will do something...not for me, but for Christ.
Here is all you need to. Prayerfully ask God to use you. Set your sights on someone that is in that isle with you at the grocery store or coffee shope. Smile, say "how are you today," make some small talk, and tell them you have something for them to brighten their day. Then hand them one of these...