In a recent blog entry Meesh writes about the fear of rejection when sharing Christ with others. Read Meesh’s perspective on the matter then watch fear not. It fits nicely with her message and the scriptures she quotes.
William Fay, in his book “Sharing Jesus without Fear”, advises us to lead unbelievers to scripture — have them read the verses and ask “what does this say to you?”– then listen. He writes we are to “Stay out of God’s way and watch Him work. Your responsibility is to listen.” Mr. Fay also writes about the joy of looking into the eyes of a person in whom the Holy Spirit is at work and seeing the moment their heart melts.
I have heard many times that it is not us that people reject, but Jesus. The problem is that when we are working under the premise that we are to win someone to Christ, then when we do not win, well… we must have lost. I find this very discouraging. But, when I go to the Instruction Manual and read 1 Corinthians 2:3-5, I find it very encouraging.
1Co 2:3-5 (NIV) I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. (4) My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, (5) so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.
May we first ask “Lord, show me where you are at work today?”, then join Him there.