What Makes Good News So Hard To Share?
One night last summer, I was sitting in my apartment in South Asia and began wondering why it had always been so hard for me to share the gospel when it’s such good news. I wondered why it took so much dependence and strength in the Lord everyday to do this, not only that summer, but even back in the States. Why do I hesitate, stumble over my words or lose clarity on how to articulate the gospel to others? I can’t tell you that I found the perfect answer to that question, but that night sparked an interest in me to find reasons that were personal to my heart. I am my own worst enemy.
I have a tendency to overanalyze any potential statement that comes out of my mouth, and this can cause fear in initiating spiritual conversations with others. I’ve realized that the best way to combat this is through prayer. When Christians begin to diligently and consistently ask the Lord to tear down strongholds in their lives, I believe that is when we begin to see Him work. When we seek God wholeheartedly, as the Bible says in Jeremiah 29:13, I believe we start to see Him answer prayers.
I need wisdom to articulate in the midst of cultural confusion.
One of the problems I face living in America is that Christianity is so much a part of culture that it loses its original meaning. Honestly, it gets pretty awkward trying to share the gospel with someone who already thinks they’re a follower of Christ. However, confusion isn’t just limited to the States. This summer, while in South Asia, I encountered a different confusion. The people I encountered believed in millions of gods, so Jesus was just one of many. There are people in our own backyards who think they are Christians who are just as confused as those on the other side of the world. To articulate what the Apostle Paul wrote, I need to ask God that, “words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel” (Ephesians 6:19, ESV).
I need to reexamine my own heart.
It’s important to examine my heart and figure out where my affections really lie. Am I more concerned about people knowing the Lord or my own comfort and reputation? I remember when I was younger hearing questions like, “If you are going to share with your friends about an awesome movie you saw, why wouldn’t you share the greatest news you’ve ever heard?” I remember thinking in frustration, “Why do we even pretend like those two things are comparable?” I don’t know that I’ve figured out the answer to that question, but what I do know is that the question brought out the frustration in my heart as to why I struggled with sharing.
I have come to a place where I am transparent with the Lord about my own heart. Pretending that sharing the gospel doesn’t feel difficult doesn’t make that struggle go away. However, being obedient in sharing the gospel not only increases my ability to do so, but God also uses it to shape my heart so that He is an active part of my life.