For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. (Romans 1:16)
Have you ever been lost? Maybe you were separated from your parents in a large, crowded amusement park. Maybe you were lost in a strange city.Panic starts to set in as you realize the gravity of your predicament. Then, like an angel, your parent grabs your shoulder, and motions for you to follow. Your very life is saved because someone cared enough to grab your shoulder when they realized you were lost.
Have you ever been afraid to share the Gospel with someone? In this world turned upside down, where evil sometimes seems to be winning over good, and Christians are persecuted worldwide, it is easy to be timid. Everywhere I turn, I hear how intolerant and hateful Christians are because our message is that there is only one way to Heaven. Believe in Jesus Christ and be saved, or reject Him and perish. Is that really our message, or is it God’smessage?
When I was young and I was invited somewhere that I really didn’t want to go, my mother somehow knew, and she would say “no.” Relieved, I shared this “disappointing” news with my friends, “Sorry, mom said I can’t go.” Who could argue with that?
It is the same way when you want to share the Gospel with others. Christians haven’t invented the path to Heaven, we are merely passing the life-saving message along. If you struggle in this area and fear rejection, think about letting someone remain lost, as you stand by and do nothing to help. You can’t drag him out of the crowd or force him to come with you, but you can at least point the way.