Eva's S-S-Scary Story
Todays the day. The BIG day. Youve prayed about it, youve made promises to God about it. But now youre dreading it, hating it, and doing everything you can to weasel your way out of it. Todays the day youre supposed to share your faith with a friend. Ahhhhh!
If youre a guy, you thought asking someone out on a date was the scariest thing in the world. If youre a girl, you figured that going on that date was the scariest thing in the world. Either way, you were wrong. Dating is nothing compared with what youre about to do. This is it! Youre about to face rejection, or ridicule. And give someone permission to say, "Shut up! Youre a big, fat hypocrite!" Oh joy.
What on earth were you thinking? How did you ever talk yourself into this evangelism thing?! Your mind drowns in visions of what will happen when you open your mouth. Maybe youll bare your soul, and then your friend will disagree, and then youll argue, and then your friend will ask questions that you dont know the answers to. Then youll walk away knowing that your friend now thinks youre an idiot, and wondering how youll ever face each other again, and whether or not your relationship will be weird from now on. Maybe its time to think about boarding school. Then again, maybe your friend will just say, "Oh, thats nice" then change the subject. That would be a relief.
Then theres the REALLY scary possibility: What if your friend says "yes"?! What will you do next? Will you pray together? (Right there in the middle of McDonalds?!) What happens if your friend "opens up" and starts telling you about sins and horrible things in his or her life? Then what will you do? After all, you merely wanted to share your faith. What if your friend starts sharing dirty laundry? This is not what you signed on for.
Okay, stop! This all sounds like silly, trumped-up paranoia. And it is. But that doesnt stop your fertile mind from racing through all the reasons why you shouldnt share your faith. And if youre honest, youll admit that youve thought of some of these things too, and theyve truly scared you. Guess what? Me too. Im truly scared. And when we admit that we are, the battles half over. So lets say it together: "Im scared!" Now lets take on the rest of the battle.
Some of lifes greatest adventures are scary. Love, marriage and sex oh, my! Not to mention obeying your parents, giving away your money, making it to college. Scary, scary, scary. But you take them in stride, knowing that your fears arent fatal, and good things await you on the other side. And if youre a Christian that your faith is bigger than your fears.
So nows your chance to prove it. Or, more accurately, nows when God will prove that Hes bigger than your fears. Face it: Hes bigger than everything else in your world! Do you think youve finally come upon something bigger than God? Impossible. Let Him prove it. Let Him prove once and for all that Hes bigger than our chicken hearts, Hes perfectly capable of managing the aftermath of your faith-sharing experience, and Hes certainly bigger than the scary person youre about to share with.
Is Jesus alive and at work in your imperfect heart? Then believe Him when He says, " Take heart, because I have overcome the world" (John 16:33b, NLT). Now tell your friend the truth about this great big, loving God.