Changing The Tide

 

could kill someone! He probably smells too.I can’t do this. God cannot be asking me to do this! The thoughts continued to tumble around in my head for awhile. That guy looked like he
Does God seriously want me to go share the gospel with him? Surely He could not. I stare at my feet and chew my lip wondering about what my choice would mean to God.
Ah, this guy is too tough. Would my words really stir him? But why this nagging feeling inside of me? Could it be the Holy Spirit? Naw, there is no way this is going down.
My stomach probably just hurts from what I ate yesterday . . . what did I eat yesterday?

Has anyone else heard this conversation warring back and forth in your mind before?

I know I have. In my own mind and from others. We somehow think that it is an injustice for us to be so moved to go talk to someone. Like God is asking too much.
But when reality rushes back in we realize that, Jesus took God’s wrath upon Himself, he suffered and died so that we could live, and live abundantly!
. . . but we cant handle going and talking to someone about him?

The Bible says not to be ashamed of the gospel, but that is exactly what has happened. People are afraid to talk about him.

From my own experience, you may get teased, bullied because of your faith, but let that turn you on instead of off. Let that ignite the fire instead of douse it. Let that become one of the reasons you are striving to live the gospel and share it! Let it be motivation.

That raw realization should move us to our knees in awe of God and how unworthy we are.
It is not up to us to question God, or the person. We are simply commanded to go and we must trust God to work in the lives of the people we reach out to. We can do nothing apart from Him who strengthens us.

1 Timothy 4:12 (NKJV), “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”

Mathew 5:16 (NKJV), “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven”
Changing the tide
I keep hearing people in our generation say that we cannot turn our generation around. And that would be true if in fact you plan to do nothing about it. If you do not do what God has called you to do, then that would be correct. The movement begins with you. People will notice when you start truly living for Christ and sharing him.

Three years ago I could never have talked to someone about the gospel, or led a praise team, or written an article, or led backyard Bible Clubs, or anything else that God has given me the courage and ability to do.
He has dealt so mercifully with me. He has changed my life, and I trust that he can do the same for you.

He has taken a dirty, rotten sinner and has given her grace and courage to work towards expanding the kingdom.

“Things change when you give your life to serving God, and that can be scary”- Michael W. Smith

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