I think that the scariest part of the Christian walk, for most brethren, is evangelism. Doing something nice for someone or even praying for someone, is a lot easier than proclaiming the Gospel. Especially since many of us (Christians) are not confident as to what the Gospel even is. But, that’s another blog.
Evangelism is a lot like going to war, and going to war is scary. Evangelism is like going to war because, as we all know, there is a continual spiritual battle going on until Jesus comes back, and much of that battle surrounds moments of conversion. Bleeding is also scary. It is much easier to avoid bleeding (risking a bad witnessing conversation), than to defend the faith.
Now, evangelism does not necessarily mean that one has to get up on a soap box on a busy street corner while screaming, “REPENT!” at the passers by. It simply means, in it’s most basic form, engaging in sharing the Christian faith, who God is and what He did, whenever opportunity arises. And if an opportunity doesn’t arise, then it doesn’t arise. No biggie. But, if you are avoiding opportunities and suppressing obvious chances to share, due to inconfidence regarding Biblical prowess, then a little sweat in peace will reduce the risk of bleeding when war or opportunity arises.
2 Timothy 2:15
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” (ESV)
Another version reads:
2 Timothy 2:15
“Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.” (NLT)
How do we become more familiar with the “word of truth” and avoid bleeding? Proactively read and study it.
In other words:
“The More You Sweat in Peace, the Less You Bleed in War”
Now go read and study your Bibles, and evangelize…
Godspeed, to the brethren!
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