Be Strong and Take Heart

Sharing the gospel is no easy thing. Neither is giving up spring break to go on a missions trip or evangelizing your late night study group. But God calls us to declare His glory among all people (1 Chron. 16:24), and that is what we must do.

I was 13 the first time I remember “formally” sharing the gospel with other people. As one of the only girls in my missions group, I was volunteered to speak to the residents of the homeless shelter where we had spent the previous week working. I was terrified. To tell the truth, I don’t even remember what I said. What I do remember is praying all morning, nonstop, that God would give me the courage to share His story and the words to do it.

I’m not going to tell you that everyone in the room gave their lives to Christ that day, because they didn’t. And I’m not going to say I experienced a surreal calmness come over me, because I didn’t. Nor did this experience kick start a life of evangelism in my teenage years. However, I did learn a very important lesson that day: if you ask God for the courage to speak to 1 person, He’ll give you the courage to speak to many. I asked for courage and God gave it to me. Despite what I may have seen, His word did not return empty (Isa. 55:11).

Living a missional life takes courage, and most of us were not born with it. You don’t have to be facing people groups in some foreign land to ask God for courage. Sometimes it takes more nerve to share the Word with the man across the street or the girl who lives down the hall. Pray for courage to carry out His mission and He will provide it.

At the end of that day, after I shared my middle school version of the gospel, 1 man told me he had seen God work through me. To this day, I remember that, too.

Molly Neill is a student at The University of Alabama whose love of travel has developed into a passion for missions.

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