At the same time we can become extremely timid and shy away from any confrontation with gospel. Jesus and Peter brought the Truth to people to set them free from lies. This can lead to extreme persecution or to losing friendships. We become concerned with not wanting to offend at the expense of ever sharing the life-giving truth with those who are in need. We are afraid to be the street-preacher "hated by everyone." But Paul said it best, "12I want you to know, brothers,[e] that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, 13 so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard[f] and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. 14 And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word[g] without fear.
15Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. 16 The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment.18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice." Phillipians 1:12-18
Our call is to obedience. To preach to the nations. Every tribe, nation and tongue. No prejudice. Our call is not to save the nations. That is Jesus' Job. We water and plant but God makes it grow. Take the pressure off of yourself. Be obedient to what God is calling you to do. Talk to your friends and co-workers. Open up your heart to God to hear what He is saying. Join Him in His mission to reach the lost. The gospel confronts our desire to be independent from Christ, to be a rogue for Christ. It is all about Him. He wants us to forsake our desires and loves and cares for His. Give God everything. Let Him refine You. Be faithful unto God and His call to reach the lost. Let Him teach you and train you.
Bless you as you go about your week and please pray for God to give you boldness that doesn't come from you. Pray that God gives you such boldness to step out of comforts far beyond you ever would in your own strength. Let Him lead you. Pray. Pray Pray. Ask Him to open up your heart. You need Him to do even an inkling of this. Grace and Peace in Jesus Name amen!