The Bridge is Out!
“I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.” Philemon 1:6
This analogy comes from the mention of a pastor friend of mine, and it has really stuck with me. Does it start with what if any one of us were to come up on a bridge that was down or destroyed? Second what if we knew a family member, a loved one, friend, coworker or even a total stranger was speeding toward that very bridge and might not see the damage before it was too late? What would we do?
Would we turn our car around and just head back to safety or seek another route? No, I sincerely doubt it. I think it’s easy to assume we would scream, shout, jump up and down or do anything else to get their attention before it was too late. So the question I get to is why is talking about or sharing our faith so different? Why should we be afraid to tell people about Jesus?
Now I realize there are a lot of aspects to this subject and I’m really just hitting the tops of a few. The first part I mean can be just an invitation to church or bible study and possibly just doing something kind for someone. That really shouldn’t be hard right? Yet it doesn’t always happen. I myself have talked myself out of doing that very thing. I use the same excuses “I don’t want to bother them,” or “what if they don’t like it?” and “what if they just tell me no?” I have to stop making the excuse and leave that choice up to them, knowing that once I ask that decision lies between them and Christ.
Another part of this sharing goes beyond just asking a person to church. It can be witnessing to someone, asking to pray for someone’s needs, etc. These things sometimes happen in time after we know someone, but it doesn’t always have to. Often we will be led to share with someone or even just offer a kind hand or gesture to a total stranger.
The verse above is telling us that we should be active in sharing. This is not just for the sake of others but also so that we may have a full understanding of how good our lives in Christ can be. So in the end, I’m really just encouraging myself and everyone else to be bold and comfortable in your faith enough to have these discussions, to invite someone to church with you and to gain this better understanding of the fullness of our lives in Christ.
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