This post is a continuation of my post from a few days ago. In the last one, I addressed the importance of not letting fear get in the way of really living your life and taking that first step out of your comfort zone. I applied the necessity of this to your life in general, but I recently realized how well this could also be applied to your spiritual life as well. This past weekend I had the great opportunity to attend a church retreat with my college group. The retreat contained the theme “Reflection”, where we looked back at our past and all that we had been through, we looked at where we are now in the present time, and then we looked down the road at our future to see where we wanted to be. After listening to each lesson presented to us and having small group discussions about our own struggles that we’re each dealing with, it really made me see how stepping out into the unknown has a HUGE part in your Christian walk with God too.
When you make one of the biggest decisions of your life to become a Christian and to become a follower of Jesus Christ, you are embarking into an unknown journey. You’ve accepted Jesus as your Savior and you are automatically thrust into a changed world. Your motives change, your plans change, your whole life has taken a different turn. But it’s all for the better if you live your life the way God wants you to live it, if you actually do what He called you to do and reach out to the nonbelievers (Matthew 28:19). God did not tell us that it was going to be easy once you became a Christian. In fact, it’s very difficult. That’s why the decision to become one is so vastly important and is not to be taken lightly at all. You see, God doesn’t want us to be comfortable. Living as a strong Christian is out of our comfort zones. God called us to be different to be set apart from the world (Hebrews 10:10). The world is not going to agree with our decision. They are not always going to like what you stand for and what you try to teach them. We have to be ready for that.
It is not a comfortable situation when you sit down and have a Bible study with someone who is very unfamiliar with the Word. It’s uncomfortable the first few times you go door to door in a community letting others know about an event at church, asking for a Bible study, or even just taking prayer requests. Why is it so uncomfortable for many of us to be able to reach out to the world about God? To put it simply, we’re afraid. Afraid of rejection, disappointment, conflict, and whatever else may happen if the ones we’re trying to reach do not receive the message with an open mind. But what if we let our fears hold us back from ever reaching out to others? What if we never talked to others about our faith or shared with them the good news? Well, we wouldn’t be doing what God called us as Christians to do then, would we?
I know it’s uncomfortable to share the Word with others. The first couple of times I went door knocking in an unfamiliar community it was very awkward and uncomfortable for me. I was afraid of how they would react to what we had to say. But the more I’ve been exposed to those situations, the easier it’s become. So don’t worry. It’ll become easier the more you talk to others and share with them. You also need to realize that even when you do try your best to reach out to others, there are always going to be some who will not listen to what you have to say. Not everyone is going to be open and pleased with the message you’re attempting to share with them. Don’t let that discourage you though. Just don’t give up. Continue trying, persevering, and working as a follower of Christ. We must not lose hope because there will be those that you do reach and eventually find themselves accepting Christ as their own Savior. And what an amazingly, awesome feeling that is. To know that you had a part in leading someone to God is a heart-warming experience. Then having the chance to see them grow into wonderful Christians and leading even more to the Lord is something that can’t be adequately described in words on a blog post. I can tell you that it’s most definitely worth it. It’s worth facing your fears and stepping out into the unknown because what is waiting for us at the end of this life is a chance to spend an eternity with our Lord and Savior (John 6:50-58). Words cannot describe what Heaven will be like. I don’t know about you, but I believe it’s going to be wonderful to be in Heaven where there will be no more pain, no more hurt, no more tears, no more sorrow.
“Won’t it be wonderful there
Having no burdens to bear
Joyously singing, with heartbells all ringing
Won’t it be wonderful there?”
~Won’t It Be Wonderful There (church hymn)