I am coming to a place of realizing that it’s about more than ‘fishin’ for people’. It’s more than witnessing. It’s more than words. It’s more than actions. It’s more than bringing people to Jesus Christ. It is more. It is so much more than all that. It all comes together! Jesus reminds us that it is so much more. It commands that it be so much more:
“Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
As an introvert, I may do that differently. My life is a testimony. I may not walk right up to random stranger, and say something an extrovert would say. The bigger picture I learned yesterday is that desire to see people come to Jesus has to be greater than the fear/anxieties I wrestle with. Today, that reminder is discipling, building community, and edifying the body of Christ has be so much bigger than those same fears and anxieties.
I found a Bible verse today that I am barely understanding. I would say I have never seen the verse before, but I probably have. I probably skipped over it. Not realizing its significance, because I am human and that stuff happens. It is only through these last few days of going to share my faith in action not so much words, that I am being given understanding and can appreciate it. In 2 Corinthians 2, we are called to spread Christ’s fragrance everywhere. From right where we are to wherever He takes us. Begin today. Trusting Him to take control, give us the right words, work in others’ hearts. He is all powerful! He can do all this, and so. much. more.
As I said, today’s reminder is this applies to discipleship, building up my community of fellow believers, and taking new risks to put myself in a place where I can build up the body of Christ (even joining new small groups, etc). As an introvert, those risks are serious. They are dangerous. As a Christian, we are called to “count the cost” of following Jesus. As I count the cost (feeling uncomfortable, anxiety, and fears), I know He is greater. Scripture says, we are to be courageous and strong. The only way we can do that is by reaching the end of ourselves, and reaching out to God- placing our trust in Him!
A really good teaching that is helping me is one called “Dangerous” by Chris Walton (from July 27th, 2014). Check it out. It may help you also. We all have new ways we need to be challenged in our walk with Christ. Challenged to share our faith with others, to learn about Jesus Christ ourselves to understand His sacrifice and He paid our price, and His undying love for us, to be more consumed with Him than our fears, and seeking to build up the body of Christ.
Last but certainly not least: “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing.”