This blog is going to be a different one. It is more of a challenge I have given to myself because of an experience that woke me up and a challenge I want to give everyone reading this.
About three weeks ago I had to go to an academy for work. I had been assigned to drive two coworkers with me. I was glad I could help out and I looked at it as an opportunity to share God with them. Where I work, there is a lot of negativity. No one there is happy and I know there are some who do not know God and I wanted to change that.
The closer we got to the upcoming trip the more nervous I became. I started having selfish thoughts of what would they think of me. I was conflicted. I cared more about offending them, wondering what their thoughts would be of me and what I had to say instead of having complete peace and confidence in sharing about my God, my Father and my Friend.
The second day of the trip, one of the girls told me that every time she goes on a road trip, no matter who she is with or where they go they would, she would always say a prayer for safety. She proceeded to say that it had slipped her mind to tell me the first day but it made me happy to know that she prayed. While knowing that she knew God initially made me happy too, it also hit me in the gut with a little guilt.
I started thinking back and wondering if I came across as someone who was not a believer or someone who would judge her if she had asked the first day. All I knew was that I needed to make a change. I was more worried about myself and offending them rather than thinking about how I may offend God with my selfish thoughts, actions or lack of action.
A bible verse that has not left my thoughts since then is Matthew 10:33, which states, “But whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven”. I talk about God freely and openly when I am around my family, friends, church family and other believers I work with. I have even spoken to some non-believers about God and everything was fine, so why was this time different?
The difference was that I had begun to live more for man then I was for God. I cared more about what they thought about me instead of caring more about what God thought. The world does not make it easy these days to talk freely about Him because we so easily get shut down or judged.
This whole experience has opened my eyes significantly. I do not want to be nervous or scared when talking about God with people. I do not want to feel ashamed for loving God and speaking freely about Him. It should not be hard. It should not feel like a task, so I challenged myself with Matthew 5:16, which states, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven”.
I want to be a light to everyone I come in contact with. I want them to see me, know that there is something different and know that the reason is God. The next time I feel that nudge to talk to someone about God I know I will not back down because I am not ashamed. Romans 1:16 says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes”.
God loves every one of us unconditionally. He loves me unconditionally. What better way to show we love Him back then to share Him with the people we come in contact with?
This is my challenge to anyone reading this:
- If you do not know God and want to get to know Him, message any one of us on this team and we will gladly talk to you about Him.
- If you are someone who knows God but you still have a lot of questions, then shoot us a message and we will do our best to answer any questions you have.
- If you are someone that has felt the same way I did about a situation, past or present, I challenge you to speak to someone today about how amazing our God is.
Keep Romans 1:16 and Matthew 5:16 in the back of your mind. Be a light to everyone you come in contact with and know that God loves you, He is for you and He will never leave you.
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