Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
(Ephesians 6:19-20 (NIV))
Have there ever been any times in your life of faith that you were afraid to proclaim the name of Jesus Christ?
Perhaps it was at your office, or perhaps it was among old friends. You may have even found yourself in a situation where you were simply walking down a city street and someone approached you for a handout and your reaction was less than Christ like.
Professing the gospel is not always easy, especially when you are in a situation that is uncomfortable or unfamiliar to you. Let’s face it, proclaiming the gospel often puts us outside of our comfort zones.
Did that stop Paul from preaching? Did it stop the disciples from facing untold beatings, mocking and even crucifixions? Did it stop Paul from going to Rome? Did it stop Thomas from going to India?
What if the disciples had the same fear of spreading the gospel that many of us have? Would we even know about Jesus if these men did not step outside of their comfort zones and speak fearlessly? Many of them faced imprisonment and even death for sharing the truth, yet they shared it boldly and with conviction.
Paul saw himself as an ambassador of Christ. He saw his responsibility to speak for God even when he was in chains. It was his prayer that he would be able to declare it fearlessly.
Do you share the gospel? Do you do it fearlessly?