A few months ago, I was shocked to learn that my wife met a workmate on the job and discovered on lunch break that her workmate, really and truly did not know that Jesus was a real person. To our surprise, she really thought that Jesus was just a word, to be concise, simply a curse word, or at least that is what she said in all honesty. What amazing ignorance!
One thing is for sure, our faith is not to be shared in a corner. Never does the New Testament talk about Christians sharing The Faith secretly. Even in the face of persecution, they were open and honest in identifying themselves with Jesus. The apostle Paul warns Timothy to beware of his own timidity and to grow in boldness. (2nd Timothy 1:6-9). Boldness does not mean brashness. Loving a lost soul will control our boldness to be confident with out being deliberately offensive. One way of ensuring we do not put more people off, than turning people on, is to remember and believe that God is wanting to make known the riches of His glory through you, an object of His mercy, Romans 9:23.
Being ready is being prepared, As shoes for your feet put on what will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace, Eph. 6:15.
The beauty and pleasure you and God get from being prepared is known and shown in the Scriptures: And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Rom. 10:15.
Have we sanctified Christ as Lord in our hearts beforehand?
Is your defence yours, or does it belong to someone else?
Does The Hope, The Gospel of Peace live in you or just on paper?
Do we make Prayerful preparation for talking about Jesus?
Do we believe the Holy Spirit has written these principles on our heart?
Robert Louis Stevenson once wrote, “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant”. More importantly the apostle Paul encourages us to remember that God’s purpose in giving the world the church is to MAKE KNOWN the many faceted aspects of God’s wisdom through Jesus.