Have you ever doubted your abilities or effectiveness as a witness? I’ll admit, I have. I want to discuss some misconceptions about sharing the gospel that fuels fear in my heart and the hearts of other about witnessing. If you’ve struggled like I have with any of these, my intention is not to discourage you, but rather I pray you will be fully equipped to boldly take the Gospel of truth to the world.
Over the course of my next few blogs, I will share my thoughts with you about what I believe, from God’s good Word, are misconceptions about sharing the Gospel.
#1: You must be good at it
One of the worst things as a witness you can do is to compare yourself to another believer, wishing you had their talents, charisma or personality. That will just leave you thinking “I’m just not good at this”. Thankfully, God’s perspective releases us from this weight, giving us freedom to be witnesses just as we are, just as we were created. In 1 Corinthians 1:27, Paul tell us “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” The best we can do is to be true to our own identity. I encourage you to watch the content I share below. I pray you find encouragement not to be afraid of what others may think. Never be ashamed to share the Gospel, regardless of your abilities or what you perceive to be your “lack”.
You might think you do not have a charismatic enough personality to be a witness, but God can use you whether you’re the shyest introvert or the most outspoken extrovert and even when you stutter like I do. In fact, the very aspect of your personality that you consider a weakness, God wants to use.
Just think about Jesus choosing Peter. Reading through the Gospels, I often think, what’s up with Peter? He’s headstrong, bold, over-zealous, rash, and plain awkward. Then I get to Acts, and I read about Peter standing up before the crowds at Pentecost and leading 3,000 to Christ in one day. Peter is a perfect example of God using the foolish things to shame the wise.
Another reason I know God can use you is because He is using me. I’m not the best of speakers and I cannot recall Scripture quickly or easily. I’ve murmured God bless you to a homeless person, quickly walked away, and then felt like I just change that persons life. When it comes to interacting with people I’m not close to, I’m unqualified. So, why would God choose me? For the same reason He chose Peter. For the same reason He chooses you. 1 Corinthians 1:29 goes on to say: “so that no one may boast before Him.”
God chooses to use the unqualified because He wants to show off His strength—to prove that He is the one at work, and not to show off your own abilities. The glory in your witnessing is all for Him.
You may get nervous. You may fail at times—I have. That’s okay. Where your ability falls short, God will come through. We must trust that He will work through us when we step out in faith, and the results are thankfully not up to us. They are up to Him. Be free from the lie that says you’re not good at sharing the gospel. God can use even your weaknesses to His advantage.