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Not Ashamed of the Gospel

Introduction

I hate to say this, but one of the biggest obstacles Christians face in getting out the good news is being ashamed of it. I don’t think many of us would admit it, but if we’re honest with ourselves, it’s what silences us.

Scripture Reading

So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. (Rom 1:15-17)

Ready to Preach the Gospel

Paul was ready to preach the gospel where ever he was. He was ready to preach to Jews and Gentiles. He was ready to preach in Rome. His readiness was the result of not being ashamed of the gospel.

Not Ashamed

Paul ministered in two different worlds. When he shared the gospel with his fellow Jews, he was talking to a people encrusted in religious tradition. Their religious rituals and their time honored interpretations of the Law dominated their thinking about God. When Paul preached the gospel to the Gentiles of the Roman empire, he was talking to people enamoured with learning and intellect. Both groups were offended by the gospel. To the Jews, it was a violation of their religious traditions. To the Gentile, it seemed irrational.


For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
(1Co 1:21-24)

Paul boldly proclaimed the gospel message of Christ crucified to Jews and Gentiles alike. He knew how their world views would influence their reaction to his message, but he didn’t change the message to please them and make himself look good. Religion and intellectualism don’t save lost souls. The gospel, and only the gospel, “is the power of God unto salvation” to everyone who believes.

Your desire to look spiritual, or to seem intellectual, will silence your voice. If people’s opinions of you matter more than God’s opinion, you won’t share the gospel.


Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
(Joh 12:42-43)

Settle it in your heart that God’s measure of you matters more than all other opinions combined. This is a vital first step in becoming a bold witness.

What About You?

  • Are you ashamed of the gospel? That is, do you hesitate to share the gospel with your friends, neighbors and coworkers because you’re afraid of what they will think of you?
  • Will you decide, today, that their opinions will not silence you, that you will share the gospel?

Tell What You Know

Introduction

Some folks are intimidated when we talk about preparing to sharing. Reminding them that they need to prepare highlights area in which they are not prepared. One thing I not trying to do is to stop you from telling others. No matter how new a Christian you are, no matter how little you know, you can tell what you know.

Scripture Reading

One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.
(Joh 1:40-42)

The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see. Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee. Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.
(Joh 1:43-49)

The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? Then they went out of the city, and came unto him. (39) And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. (Joh 4:28-30, 39)

They Met Jesus

The three people in our Scripture reading were different. Their personalities were different. Their occupations were different. Their standing in the community was different. They met Christ in different places. He spoke to them in different ways. But all three had had met Jesus.

They Told What They Knew

Another thing these three had in common was that they told what they knew – right away. There is no one else in the world like Jesus, so when you meet Him, you have something to talk about. They didn’t delay. They found someone they knew and told them about Christ.

Keep in mind, none of these people were commanded to tell others. Jesus didn’t tell them (yet) to preach the gospel. They didn’t go to a revival meeting and get on fire about witnessing. They didn’t read Progressive Devotions and have their heart stirred to share the good news. Their witness was natural. Meeting Jesus was the greatest experience of their lives and they had to tell someone else.

Less Than Perfect

If you read the gospels, you’ll find that Peter was much bolder and more out front than Andrew. It would have been easy for Andrew to be intimidate and not share the gospel with his boisterous brother, but he did it anyway.

Philip got a lot wrong in his testimony about Jesus. He called Him “Jesus of Nazareth.” Evenone knew that the Messiah was supposed to be from Bethlehem. He said that Jesus was the son of Joseph, when He was really the Son of God. But he got his brother to meet Jesus, and when Nathanael did, he all his questions were answered.

The woman at the well had a reputation for immorality. After she met Jesus, it would have been easy for her to say, “How can I tell these men about Christ after the way I’ve lived?” She might have gone to the women of the town first, but she goes from house to house, man to man. In some ways it makes sense, in others it seems a little weird. Nevertheless, she got the good news out right away and many people believed on Christ because of her testimony.

If you’ve trusted Christ as your Savior, you already possess the most important piece of information lost folks need to know. The point of today’s study is to remind you of that fact, and to ask you if you have the passion to pass it on.

What About You?

  • Have you met Christ? Is He your Savior?
  • Forget about what you don’t know – are you sharing what you do know?

Learning What You Don't Know

Introduction

If you share the good news long enough, someone will ask you a question you don’t know how to answer. Yesterday, we talked about the importance of telling what you know. Today, we’ll talk about learning what you don’t know.

Scripture Reading

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
(1Pe 3:15)

And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. (Luk 12:47)

Ready to Answer

We began this week looking at Peter’s call for Christians to be ready to give an answer. We’re back to that call today. Are you mentally prepared to tell others about Christ? The word translated “answer” here is the Greek word “apologia,” the source of our word “apology.” It’s also where we get the idea of apologetics – the defense of our faith.

Let’s start with the basics. Are you ready to share your testimony? Have you thought it through? Could you explain to a friend or neighbor how you came to know Christ as your Savior? What parts of your story are important? What parts would be distracting? Take a minute or two now and jot down the key points?.

Next, let’s talk about the questions you fear. You know, the questions you can’t answer, so you don’t share the gospel. Maybe you’ve already been asked and you felt like a fool because you didn’t have an answer. Maybe they are questions that nag at you personally, and you’re afraid to be asked them because it will expose your own doubts. Either way, isn’t it time you found an answer?

The question could be as simple as, “Where did Cain get a wife?” It might be deeper, such as, “Doesn’t the Bible contain many errors and contradictions?” or, “With all the religion in the world, how can I know which one is right?” Maybe the question is emotionally charged, like, “How can there be a God with all the senseless violence in the world?” or, “If God is powerful, good, and loving, why did my loved one suffer and die, even though I prayed?”

You can see questions like this coming a mile away. Doesn’t it make sense to have an answer ready to common questons like this? It will do wonders for you witness. Not only that, but you will be a servant that is prepared to do his Master’s will. That will help you avoid some unpleasant consequences.

What About You?

  • Are you ready to share your testimony? Not sure? Why not try this test? Ask God, right now, to bring a lost friend, relative, neighbor, or coworker to mind that you can share your testimony with. Ask for God’s help and commit to sharing your testimony with that person before the week is out. Seriously – isn’t it about time you told someone about Christ? If you don’t feel prepared, take a few minutes and jot down the key points of your testimony. Then share your testimony with someone who already knows Christ and get their feedback.
  • Are you shy about sharing the good news because of some questions you fear? What are they? Jot them down and then spend a month on each on doing your best to find an answer. Pray, study, ask your pastor, read commentaries, research online, and come up with you best answer to each question. Don’t keep using these questions as an excuse to be silent.

Prepared by the Spirit

Introduction

We’ve talked all week about what it takes to be ready to give an answer. That study wouldn’t be complete without considering the Holy Spirit’s role in preparing you to be a witness.

Scripture Reading

Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high. (Luk 24:45-49)

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Act 1:8)

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; (2Ti 1:7-8)

Go … later

Think about the experience of the disciples with Christ. He gave them the most important job in the world to do. Then He told them to wait. Before they began sharing the good news, they needed to be endued with power from on high. The promise of the Father, the Holy Sprit, would be given soon.

Power to Be Witnesses

Just before His return to heaven, Christ reminded His followers of their need for the Holy Spirit’s power. When they received the Holy Spirit, they would receive power to be witness for Him. influencing others to trust Christ as their Savior is a supernatural work and can only be accomplished with the Spirit’s help. The good news is that God is willing to give you the power you need.

Power, Love, A Sound Mind

It was not just the aposltes who were given the Holy Spirit. Every child of God is given the Holy Spirit at the moment of their salvation. And God’s Spirit wants to give you power to be a witness, too. He will give the the power, the love, the clarity of thought to share the good news.

Even if you’re saved, you are still commanded to be filled with the Spirit. Being filled is voluntary and repeated, as Paul made clear:


And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; (Eph 5:18)

What About You?

  • God’s Holy Spirit only lives in the heart of those who have trusted Christ as their Savior? Are you saved?
  • Even after you are saved, you are still responsible to be Spirit-filled? Are you?

Go Ye

Introduction

So far, we’ve talked about our motives for sharing the good news. We’ve talked about getting ready to share the good news. This week, we’ll talk about actually sharing the good news.

Scripture Reading

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Mat 28:18-20)

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (Mar 16:15)

Go

Today’s study really only has one point. You could boil that one point down to one word: go! The passages you read, known as The Great Comission, record a common starting point. Christ said His followers must go with the gospel.

Go

Evangelism is an active pursuit. Christ didn’t tell us to sit around waiting for someone one to ask for our help. We’ve got to escape our routine and make an on-purpose effort to get the good news out to a needy world. You’ve got to go into a lost world and open your mouth. Step out – speak up.

Go

Who should you tell once you go? The simple, biblical answer is everyone. I know, you want to find just the right person, the one whose brother witnessed to him last week, the one who is in the midst of a personal disaster and is ready to hear. Forget it. The command is to tell everyone. Am I denying the Spirit’s leadership in soul winning? No. I think many believers use this as an excuse to be silent. “The Spirit didn’t lead me,” they say. Often that’s just a cover up for fear. The rule is “ever creature” so silence should be the exception. If you were in a burning hotel, would you pray about who to warn? Would you speak in hushed tones to one or two of your fellow guests who seemed most open to your message? Of couse not.

What About You?

  • Are you obeying Christ’s command to go with the gospel?
  • Is sharing the good news with every creature the rule for you, or the exception?

Fishers of Men

Introduction

Yesterday, we talked about the importance of going with the gospel. Today, we will take a closer look at the need to go. We’ll do it by looking at Christ’s calling His disciples.

Scripture Reading

And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him. (Mat 4:18-20)

Follow Me

Jesus called Peter and Andrew to follow Him. He promised that if they followed Him, He would make them fishers of men. As they followed Christ, they would become fishers of men. I believe this with all my heart: if you’re follow Christ, you will become a soul winner. If you’re not sharing the gospel with a lost world, you’re not following Christ. Christ came into the world to seek and save that which was lost (Luk. 19:10). If you’re like Him, you’ll seek the lost, too.

Fishers of Men

Christ called fishermen. He called them in familiar, comparitive terms. What they would do was, in some ways, like what they had been doing. As fishermen, they couldn’t just sit by the sea and hope some fish would jump onto the shore so they could pick them up. If they wanted to catch fish, they had to go where the fish were. They had to seek them out. They needed equipment, they had to take the time, and make the effort if they expected to be successful fishermen.

These men did follow Christ and they did become fishers of men. They applied the principles of their old life in their new ministry. They went where lost folks were. They used the tools Christ gave them. They took the time and made the effort to share the good news with a needy world. They succeded in their new work because Christ taught them to be fishers of men.

What About You?

  • Are you following Christ?
  • Are you a fisher of men?

Good Works That Shine

Introduction

During the first two days of this week, we’ve talked about the need to go and tell. I don’t want you to get the idea, though, that sharing the gospel is all talk and no walk. You also shouldn’t think of sharing the gospel as something you limit to an hour or two during the week. You should shine all the time.

Scripture Reading

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (Mat 5:14-16)

Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again; Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. (Tit 2:9-10)

Ye are the Light

Christ didn’t say that His followers should be the light of the world, but that they were the light of the world. This is an important point. If you don’t light you’re corner of the world, who will? You’re it!

Shine … Good Works

In other passages we’ve seen how Christ called His followers to tell the world the good news. In this passage, Christ called His followers to influence the world by their works. The Pharisees did their works to impress other with who they were. Christians are to work in ways that glorify their Father. We are to deflect and direct the glory to Him.

Adorn the Gospel

Paul said servants could “adorn the doctrine of God.” The word translated adorn is “kosmeo” from which we get the word “cosmetics.” You might say that servants can give the gospel a pretty face – they can make it attractive to others by their good behavior on the job.

It’s important to combine good works with good words. Your good works will give you opportunities to tell others why you do what you do. Just doing good, without explaining your motives, may not be that helpful. Lots of people do good works. They do them for many different reasons. Your good works might get people’s attention, but they won’t point people to Christ if you are silent when you get the chance to speak.

What About You?

  • What good works have you done for the glory of God in the last week? The last month? I’m not asking so you can be proud of yourself, but so you can see if you need to make some changes.
  • Do you do your good works in such a way that people glorify God because of what you do? How do you try to react when people try to heap praise on you?

Meeting People Where They Are

Introduction

We’ve talked about how you should share and shine. As you do, remember to meet people where they are – physically and spiritually.

Scripture Reading

There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. (Joh 3:1-7)

Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.) Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. (Joh 4:6-14)

Nick At Night

Nicodemus was a Jewish teacher who sought out Jesus. He after dark because he didn’t want folks to see him coming to Christ, trying to figure out what life was about. Jesus met this religious teacher right where he was at. He had come to Christ, so he was a seeker. He was a dissatisfied religious teacher, so Jesus got right to the point and told him that he needed to be born again. Nicodemus had the Scriptural background to have this discussion with Jesus, so He didn’t spend a lot of time building a foundation for His comments. In other words, Christ met Nicodemun where he was.

Wayward Woman at the Well

Jesus told His disciples that He had to go through Samaria. (Jews in His day often took the long route to avoid the despised Samaritans.) He made a purposeful pitstop at Jacob’s well. There a despised woman – an outcast among a nation of outcasts – came to draw water in the heat of the day. This woman didn’t have the religious training Nicodemus had. Her nationality and her personal history both made it harder to open up a spiritual conversation with her. Christ asked for her help and it really got her attention. A physical need and the circumstances around it became the jumping off point that led to the woman’s salvation. Jesus talked about physical thirst, spiritual thirst and the sin that created that thirst. The way Christ met this woman where she was and guided her to where she needed to be was a work of art.

Admire and Emulate

It is natural to admire these brilliant example of sharing the good news – you should admire them. But God wants more than that. He wants you to emulate them. He wants you to follow Christ’s example of meeting people where they are so you can lead them where they need to be. You need to be a good observer of the people and cirumstances you are in. How can you use your circumstances to open up a conversation about Christ? What is the background and spiritual receptivity of the people around you? How could you approach them with the gospel in a way that would make senes to them?

What About You?

  • Are you meeting people where they are at – physically and spiritually?
  • What could you do to become a better observer of your circumstances and the people around you?

Meeting People Where They Are (2)

Introduction

We started looking yesterday at the way Christ met people where they were. We’ll finish out the week by taking a closer look at His meeting with the woman at the well. This passage offers many pointers for the would-be witness.

Scripture Reading

Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.) Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he. And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her? The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? Then they went out of the city, and came unto him. (Joh 4:6-30)

An Example of Evangelism

This passage is full of great soul winning principles. Here are some of them:

  • Christ shared the gospel with a woman personally, but did so in a public place. He didn’t do it behind closed doors where He could open Himself to temptation or slander against His character.
  • Christ didn’t let bigotry keep Him from sharing the gospel. This woman was a despised Samaritan. She had a terrible personal reputation and Christ knew it. Even so, He cared for her and showed her the way of life.
  • Christ began a conversation with her in a simple, non-threatening way. He confessed a need and asked for her help.
  • He didn’t make an issue of the potential rift between them, even when she brought it up.
  • Christ expessed good will to her by offering her something she needed – living water.
  • He was patient with her lack of spiritual insight.
  • Christ brought the conversation around to sin in the woman’s life. He wasn’t being mean. We are sinners and Jesus came to save us from our sins (1Ti. 1:15).
  • Christ gently turned the conversation from religion to truth. When the Samaritan woman tried to dodge the sin issue by discussing religion, Jesus talked with her plainly about it, but drew the conversation back to truth.
  • Christ proclaimed absolute truth in response to her agnostic attitude. In effect, the woman was saying, “We can’t know truth now.” “You have your opinion and I have mine,” she was saying, “I guess we’ll have to wait till Christ comes to find out who was right.” Christ responded by proclaiming Himself the Messiah – the truth she was looking for. (By the way, proclaiming that truth can’t be known is a little like calling a friend on your cell phone and telling him you’re a mute.)

Christ skilfully met this women where she was and led her where she needed to be. The salvation of her soul was the result of His wise and compassionate witness. Not only that, but a multitude of her neighbors came to Christ, too.

What About You?

  • Are you following Christ’s evangelistic example?

Praying for Open Doors

Introduction

We ended last week by talking about meeting people where they are. Even that, though, should be a matter of prayer, as we’ll see in today’s lesson.

Scripture Reading

Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. (Col 4:2-4)

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. (Eph 6:18-20)

A Door of Utterance

Paul asked the Colossians and the Ephesians to pray for him. What did he want them to pray? He wanted God to open a door of utterance for him to tell others about Christ. He wanted opportunities to share the good news. He was looking for divine appointments.

Some Christians are very shy about sharing the good news. They don’t seek opportunities to witness. They avoid witnessing, even when they they have the chance. That’s not how God wants us to be. He wants us to seek and seize every opportunity to tell the world about Jesus.

As I Ought to Speak

It’s one thing to have an opportunity – it’s another to use it well. Paul wanted his friends to pray that he would speak as he ought to speak. He wanted God to help him proclaim the gospel boldly.

When you do get the chance to share the good news, will you be ready? It would help if you asked God, in advance, to give you the boldness and wisdom to share the gospel effectively. If you were God, wouldn’t you answer your child’s prayer, “God, give me chances to tell others about Jesus, and help me use those oppurtunities well when they come.”

What About You?

  • Do you ask God each day for opportunities to share the gospel?
  • Do you aks Him for the wisdom to use your opportunities well when they arrive?