Do you find it hard to talk to others about God? Maybe you are uncertain if you will offend them, say the wrong thing and misrepresent God, or that you just plain don’t know what to say. This is something that I struggled with for a long time, but I also struggled because I knew it’s a command from God. In Matthew 28:19-20, his word says, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Jesus was speaking to his disciples in this passage of scripture. If you are a follower of Christ, then that makes you a disciple. It is clear what we are all called to do.
On one side was my insecurity and utter lack of competence in this and on the other side was my desire to obey God. "If you love me, you will obey my commandments" (John 14:15). I kept having opportunities to talk about God with others but continued to give in to fear and keep my mouth shut. Then I’d beat myself up because I didn’t take the opportunity that I asked for.
As I was reading the Bible one day, I came across the passage in Exodus 4 where God was calling Abraham to confront the Pharaoh and lead the Israelites out of Egypt. Check out what Moses told God: “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
As you can imagine, this struck me. God made me and gave me the ability to talk and think. Surely as he did for Moses, who was just a normal man, he will give me the words to say. So I started praying ahead of time, before the opportunities arrived, to have the words to say and to be brave and obedient. I realized I can trust that God will do the same for me and he will do the same for you, too!
The first time I took the leap, it was so-so. I was really, really nervous! I am certain I said something wrong or not eloquently enough, but I obeyed. Out of my obedience, God gave me another opportunity, and another, and another. Daily, I prayed ahead of time and filled myself with his Word. Each time I obeyed, it became a little easier.
After a few years of telling others about him, I still get a little nervous, but I remember this is God’s purpose for us: to bring him glory. And how better to bring glory to him than to make his name known?
Nicole Juhan is the Outreach Administrator at TrueNorth Church in North Augusta. Visit truenorthchurch.com for more information.