Have you ever said (thought) those words? I know I have in the past.
So, what prevents us from speaking about Christ to those we interact with every day? Why is it that talking about Jesus on Sunday feels just fine, BUT it feels awkward at the grocery store, gas station, or workplace?
I suggest 2 possible reasons this can be true for many believers:
Acknowledgment | What are you and I taking notice of in our ordinary daily lives? If we’re not NOTICING God’s hand throughout the week (and even outside of trials and stress), we are obviously not going to be mindful to mention Him. This is a dangerous place to be, because when we don’t acknowledge Jesus in our relationships, successes, and personal growth we take credit ourselves! And eve if we don’t SAY IT, simply NOT giving Him credit assumes an unhealthy level of autonomy.
Excitement | Think about this. We rarely find it difficult sharing our excitement with EVERYONE when our team experiences a huge win, when we’ve had a big personal success, or after we return from the most amazing vacation EVER. The details and passion within these personal experiences come through easily and quite clearly, don’t they? I would conclude, then, that our excitement and energy around the things of Jesus can have a direct effect on how much (if at all) we share his involvement in our lives with others. If we are not excited about Jesus adjustments must be made. Something needs to be changed so we can experience Him in new and fresh ways.
Take a look at the attitudes of Peter and John in Acts 4:20 (emphasis is mine).
“…for we CANNOT but speak of what we have seen and heard.”
The attempts to hush Peter and John were unsuccessful. Their experiences and beliefs were so strong that they COULD NOT refrain from speaking of Jesus. Notice this passage does not use the phrase ‘will not.’ It would seem that their situation went beyond obedience. Witnessing about the life of Jesus was not an option. It was practically automatic. To refrain would require much effort.
How do we get to the place that Peter and John were? Well, the excitement and acknowledgement needs to be there first. Next, intentionality and desire must follow.
Lord, may you give us eyes to see your works in our lives…and a humble love for others to want to tell them about it.