When I first became a christian, the idea of sharing the Gospel with unbelievers was intimidating and scary to me. In my mind I pictured going door to door and having them all slammed in my face. I wasn’t interested in that kind of rejection! So I did what any other person would do and I stayed in my own little bubble of friends and lived my life the best way I knew how. Sure, I’d share my faith if someone asked but I really liked being comfortable. My faith was miles wide but only inches deep. I had become complacent in my comfort.
Three years ago some faithful sisters in Christ decided that God was calling them to start a Bible study in their home. Every week we poured over scriptures, shared our struggles and prayed. It was such a beautiful season of growth and our friendships and our faith deepened. We prayed that God would use us mightily in our town. We prayed for the impossibles. We prayed to be filled. Little did we know as our small group sat around that table, that God would not only answer our prayers, but that He would send many of us clear out of our comfort zone and beyond state lines even! We all had to readjust as the comfortable life we had known was now being changed. For my own personal testimony, I moved into a town where I knew no one. We had no church, no close family and no friends. When I look back on that season, there is so much I learned about living the Gospel.
- The first thing I learned is to just say, “Hello”. We may not all be social butterflies but we are all called to love our neighbors. How can you love someone if you do not talk to them?
- The second lesson was on hospitality. We moved into this huge house with all our children and felt just lost. But, God knew what He was doing. As we struggled to adjust to our new home and circumstances, our neighbors across the street invited us over for dinner. They left candy in our mailbox for the girls and left a sweet and thoughtful gift for me as well. Their kindness and invitation was a confirmation to me. God had brought us here. And, then to my utter shock we visited the church down the road and we were once again invited to dinner by another sweet couple! I marveled. God used these people to pour love on us and I saw Jesus in their love.
- Thirdly, I learned that we must be brave and share what God has done for us with others! We decided after being so blessed by other’s boldness in loving us to do the same. We started inviting everyone over for dinner…I mean everyone! And, do you know what happens when you spend intimate time with people? You learn so much about each other! Talking about our faith happened naturally and it didn’t feel forced. The Gospel can be shown very clearly if we are willing to share what God has done in our lives!
- And, lastly I learned the importance of being a blessing! I honestly feel as if I’ve been more on the receiving end of this lesson than the giving. We’ve had meals brought over to us, people offer to watch our children, baby clothes, diapers, toys, and countless prayers. God has used others to minister to us in such amazing ways. The sacrifices people have made for us have shined such bright light into our life and compelled us to keep going as we walk through hard seasons of foster care, homeschooling and parenting.
It has become clear to me that sharing the Gospel with those around us isn’t all that complicated. We don’t need to go door to door to share Christ. We just need to invite people in, feed them and love them. It may not always feel comfortable but that’s ok. Sometimes being a little uncomfortable is exactly what we need!