"But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope you have. But do this with gentleness and respect."
You're stuck in a burning building and have lost all hope of making it out alive. You're just waiting to be engulfed in the fire. You've settled on the fact your life on earth is going to be over very soon. But then, at the last minute, a courageous firefighter bursts onto the scene, scoops you up, and carries you out of the building unharmed.
Now, I don't know about you but if I had been the one trapped in the burning building, I would not be able to keep that story to myself. I would want to tell everyone I knew about it. I would want them to know about how I was rescued, and more importantly, all about my "rescuer."
In ways that are very similar to this "hypothetical" scenario, Jesus came and rescued us from sin and death when there was no other way, when there was nothing we could do to save ourselves. Regrettably, this is something I take for granted far too often and I fail to share this good news with others. When it comes to sharing my faith and telling people about Jesus, I make so many excuses about why I can't or why I shouldn't.
- I have such a hard time finding the right words to say since my brain injury.
- I'm not qualified.
- I'm sure somebody else will do it.
- I don't think they will listen.
- I don't want to sound judgmental.
- I think they will ask me questions and I won't know the answer.
- I'm very busy and I don't really have the time.
- I tried talking to them before and it didn't change anything.
I have reached a point in my life where I don't want to keep making these same old, tired excuses
I don't want to keep expecting other people to do it.
I don't want to keep worrying about what others may think of me.
I don't want to think about all the things that could go wrong if I do.
Just as I would excitedly tell others about a heroic firefighter who rescued me from a burning building, I want to be courageous in sharing my story. I want to tell others about the God who came and rescued me.
Because I know the same God who came and rescued me, wants to rescue us all!