For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
— 2 Timothy 1:7
Judge John Lowell of Boston had a reputation as a harsh man. One morning at breakfast, Lowell was reading his morning paper when a frightened maid stepped into the room and whispered something into his wife’s ear.
Fearing she would be fired, the maid waited silently while Mrs. Lowell relayed the news that the cook had burned Mr. Lowell’s oatmeal, there was no more in the house, and for the first time in 17 years, Mr. Lowell would have to go without his morning bowl of oats.
Without missing a beat, the old judge responded, “It’s all right, dear. Frankly, I never cared much for it anyhow.”
There’s often a difference between how we think people are going to react to something and how they actually do react. This is especially true when it comes to sharing Christ. Many people struggle to begin talking about spiritual matters because they’re afraid others might be offended and angry, perhaps irreparably damaging their relationship.
But the truth is that even if they don’t accept it, most people are open to discussing such matters and will at least provide a listening ear. So don’t fear sharing Christ. Tell others about His love and grace without fear!
Pray and ask God to give you the words to say to those who need to hear about the Good News of Jesus.
Questions for Thought
What do you think is the real reason behind the attitude that others will reject us if we share Jesus with them?
When we assume we know how someone will react to the gospel, are we relying on our own power to convince them or the Holy Spirit?