Not So Casual Calling

I called one of my early blogs Casual Theology, not because the lessons I was learning were unimportant, but because I chose to share them in an informal way.

Now I share highlights of my daily Bible readings and sermons I hear, things that “hit me upside the head.” Maybe they’ll do the same for you.

If you read my post a while back titled An Ah Ha Moment, you will remember I felt challenged to surrender my grown children to the Lord, which I did – and remind myself of often.

Last week I had another ah ha moment. Though not as surprising, it was every bit as crucial – in some ways, likely more so. I’ve known for a long time that I should be more deliberate about sharing my faith.

If my worries and concerns about my kids meant God was not in the #1 spot in my life, then my failure to proclaim what I believe is further evidence.

Why don’t I share?

Because I don’t truly believe what the Bible says? No, that’s not it.

Because I don’t think He’s big enough to meet everyone’s needs? Nope, it’s not that either.

Because I’m not sure if God loves others as much as He loves me? That’s just silly talk.

Because I don’t think it’s my responsibility? I know better.

Because I believe there is more than one way to discover the Ultimate Truth, the One who said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me”? No, I believe that completely.

So, what is it?

I can communicate.

I know what I believe.

I know I should tell others.

I know God gives me opportunities, courage, and strength.

And I know the results of even my fumbling attempts are up to Him.

What are the real reasons I don’t share?

There are several.

I abhor conflct.

Too often I assume people don’t want to talk about spiritual matters – especially if their personal beliefs are going to be challenged.

In other cases, I assume they’ve heard the gospel and have rejected its claims on their life.

I love to encourage and build up, and sometimes discussing matters of faith makes the hearer feel uncomfortable and upset.

When I haven’t done something for so long, sometimes it’s easier to continue doing what I’ve always done rather than admit I’ve missed countless opportunities and make a fresh start.

I’ve often fretted, “What if I get it wrong? What if I say the wrong thing and turn them off?”

And simply put, I like people to like me. There, I’ve said it.

WARNING!

Do I really value another’s opinion more than God’s? If the answer is yes, I have to lay this down, just like I did my three kids.

Do I love others enough to share the most incredible news – EVER?

The Bible says the two most important commands are 1) love God and 2) love others.

If I really do love, I will share my faith…even if I get the words wrong sometimes. The results, after all, aren’t’ up to me.

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