“The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41)
In the Great Commission, Jesus commands His followers to “go and make disciples of all nations.” (Matthew 28:19)
Jesus wasn’t specifically speaking to preachers, teachers and clergy; He was addressing all believers.
But it doesn’t seem that every believer got the memo.
Below are the three main reasons (and refutations) why so many believer’s are not living up to their full (and unimaginable) potential.
The believer either doesn’t know about Jesus’s commandments, or they don’t think they’re qualified to talk about Jesus.
Understand: You are qualified! Just talk about what Jesus has done for you. A simple before and after story.
“This is why my life was in ruins, but this is how Jesus gave me a new life, full of hope, love, and joy!”
It is the real stories of real people that have the most impact.
“They have conquered [Satan] by the blood of the lamb and by the word of their testimony.” (Rev. 12:11)
You do not need a degree to witness, just a personal story about your own experience.
The most classic line is: “Well, I don’t talk about my faith; it’s personal.”
Yes, of course your faith is personal or else it isn’t real.
But this excuse is often a cover up of the fear of rejection many people experience before putting themselves out there.
Fear of what others may think; fear of failure. Or, as FDR helped America articulate, “What we often fear is fear itself.”
“God did not give us the spirit of fear, but rather a spirit of power and love and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
“Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God.” (Isaiah 41:10)
People generally do not speak up about something they feel uncertain.
In a classroom, if a student knows the answer to a question, their hand touches the ceiling.
The students who are uncertain remain silent.
God Almighty insists that we can ask Him for whatever we want in prayer. But the way in which you ask Him makes a world of difference, depending on your level of faith.
“Ask in faith, never doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind; for the doubter… is unstable in every way, and must not expect to receive anything from the Lord.” (James 1:6-8)
Ask the Lord for the faith, fortitude, courage, conviction, eagerness and encouragement to share His love with someone who needs it today.