Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Midweek Moment

Right now we are in the midst of the study, Just Walk Across the Room. This study is meant to help us see ways we can each engage in evangelism. This study is designed to help take the mystery and fear out of this calling we each have, and replace it with strength and confidence.

Several weeks ago, a member of our study shared the following devotional with me:

“When I was a teen, I witnessed an auto accident. It was a shocking experience that was compounded by what followed. As the only witness to the incident, I spent the ensuing months telling a series of lawyers and insurance adjusters what I had seen. I was not expected to explain the physics of the wreck or the details of the medical trauma. I was asked to tell only what I had witnessed.

As followers of Christ, we are called to be witnesses of what Jesus has done in us and for us. To point people to Christ, we don't need to be able to explain every theological issue or answer every question. What we must do is explain what we have witnessed in our own lives through the cross and the resurrection of the Savior. Even better is that we don't have to rely on ourselves alone to do this. Jesus said, "but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth" (Acts 1:8).”

We have learned in this study that what Bill Crowder wrote above is true. We do not have to have all the answers or be able to explain every theological concept. We just have to be faithful. We have to be willing to trust God, place ourselves under the care and direction of the Holy Spirit and just walk across the room. We just have to be willing to share what God has done for us in our lives.

Folks, we are not called to be lone rangers saving the world by our own strength. However, we are called to be faithful disciples willing to empty ourselves of our own pride, ego, and fear, and allow God to fill us with God’s power, strength, and love. Next time you feel the prompting of the Holy Spirit to talk to someone about your faith, I want to encourage you to listen. The Holy Spirit is not always going to send you to a stranger, maybe it is a neighbor, co-worker, friend, or relative. It will probably be someone with whom you already have a relationship. I just want you to go, trusting in God and trusting the Holy Spirit. You may not bring that person to faith, but you will bring them one step closer.

Have a great week and I will see you Sunday!

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