Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Word FILLED Wednesday: It's Free!
I did say generally speaking though, didn't I. I love sharing the gospel with cashiers, library moms, hair dressers, etc. etc. However, I don't enjoy sharing with my sweet college buddies or certain hard-headed relatives. Well, I say I don't enjoy it...the truth is that I just don't share. I'm shut up tighter than a tick around them. And...God has really been working on me...at least on my willingness.
I learned this week that the same verses that show me that my salvation is secure, are the verses that remind me of the Holy Spirit's presence with me. How can I fear...rejection, scorn, angry comments, pain, death...if God is with me? "This is what the LORD says: "Maintain justice and do what is right, for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed." Is. 6:1 I must respond with OBEDIENCE.
I know about the precious Living Water...free life water...because the price was paid and credited to my account. It is not only available to all but the invitation is open. Salvation is sure...and in a world of changing everything...this hope through Jesus is something I can share that is a firm foundation.
I think it's harder to share with people you know really well. Especially when they are "pretty good" by the world's standards. I have trouble finding openings...I worry about subsequent visits...awkwardness. They are on the brink of hell and I'm worried about awkwardness? And they are searching; Filling their lives with emptiness in all it's busy little forms.
I need to be Obedient to open my mouth and share. I have nothing to fear...the Holy Spirit is right there with me. It isn't about my skills of persuasion anyway...It's about the mighty work of God!