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Speak Boldly // by Emily Rhinehart

By May 12, 2017Leadership

I don’t know about you but I sometimes feel that I’m unequipped to talk to people about Christ and how He has changed my life. It can be scary. What if I say something wrong? What if something I say doesn’t come out right? We shouldn’t worry when we’re talking to others about Christ. He’s always with us and will continue to help us through every difficult conversation.

 

Growing up, I didn’t attend church on a regular basis. It was never because we didn’t believe in God, but it was for the reason that we couldn’t find a church near us that suited us. I remember that anytime someone would ask me about God or church, I would instantly freeze, feel the sweat start to cover my palms, and the heat burn my cheeks because I knew that there was a chance that if someone asked me a question about my faith or the Bible, I may not have the right answer, or any answer at all to give them. I was afraid that my lack of knowledge would cause people to make fun of me, and that fear lead me further away from the Lord. It wasn’t until someone talked to me about how much Christ has impacted his life did I realize that I had been missing something important in my life.

 

I remember that conversation completely. My then boyfriend, Zach, had known how unsure I felt about church, and could sense my uneasiness when I had attended church with him and his family. He spoke of how the Lord had helped him during times of pain and moments of joy; he explained how he lives his life in order to please the One who has given him so many blessings. He took as much time as I needed in order for me to understand why his relationship with Christ meant so much to him, and why he thought it would be beneficial for me to hear his story. Though the conversation seemed to last forever with my many questions, he finally had opened up my heart to something new and, little did I know, a new relationship that would soon be very  rewarding in my life.

 

“I am glad when I suffer for you in my body, for I am participating in the sufferings of Christ that continue for His body, the church.”

                                                   Colossians 1:24

Just as Paul had stated it, we might need to brave a few minutes of pain (aka a big and sometimes scary conversation with someone about Christ) in order to help bring people to know Him.

 

I can totally feel the Lord with me while I’m writing this blog because He’s saying, “This message is for you, too.” A moment of being slightly uncomfortable while telling the details of our heart could bring someone closer to Christ and that’s exactly what He wants us to go out and do!

 

So if you’re like me and you seem uncomfortable or shy to approach someone about Christ, take a deep breath, pray for strength, and be brave for a few minutes in order to grow the church! WE CAN DO THIS! I’ll leave you with these verses:

 

“So we tell others about Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom of God has given us. We want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ. That’s why I work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ’s might power that works within me.”

Colossians 1:28-29

 

Now go out there, be bold, be brave, be inspiring, and be ready to change some lives!

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