This devotion was originally written for the Chase Oaks Church website. Read the Devotion on the Chase Oaks website…..
1 John 4:19–21; Romans 1:14–17 (NASB)
19We love, because He first loved us.20If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.21And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.
Romans 1:14-17 (NASB)
14I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish.15So, for my part, I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.
16For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.17For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “BUT THE RIGHTEOUSmanSHALL LIVE BYFAITH.”
Two sections of today’s verses struck me or, more accurately, convicted me. The first is 1 John 4:19, “We love because He first loved us.” The second was Romans 1:16a, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation.”
These two brief statements are all I need to get out there and share the salvation of Jesus with others. Love should compel me—Christ’s love—and not only when the other person is lovable. I should love just because of the amazing way God loves me. Love is what should give me the courage to tell others about God, Jesus, and salvation because if I love someone, I would feel an urgency to keep them from an eternity in hell. Right? Of course, I would.
However, you may have noticed a lot of “shoulds” in that first paragraph, and that is because sharing the gospel with others is terrifying to me. It shouldn’t be, but it is. It should be easy. I shouldn’t be ashamed of it. I should be telling anyone who will listen because I really do want everyone to experience God’s love and an eternity with Him.
So what holds me back? Fear of rejection, fear of people thinking I’m weird, fear of people ending relationships because of it, and the list goes on.
Writing it out makes it clear how ridiculous my fear is. Why on earth should I be ashamed or afraid to tell people about Jesus—the most amazing, loving, and life-changing Person anyone could know? Jesus gives people hope, love, forgiveness, and He fills that hole that everyone without Him feels.
I am going to challenge myself, and you, to find someone to share Jesus with and pray for God to give us the courage to start the conversation. Then, He will take it from there!
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.” —Franklin D. Roosevelt
With whom will you have the courage to share the gospel?
Written by Diana Wells
Wife of Gerry. Mother of Caleb. Child of God.