Monday, September 12, 2011
Tour Guides Do It...Why Don't We?
Upon reflection, I couldn't help but think about the similarities between the job of a tour guide and our job as ambassadors for Christ. Aren't we supposed to be sharing what we know about our Lord and Savior with others? Who better to broadcast the Good News than those of us who have received God's mercy and grace? Yet, why is it that many of us do not do so? I believe there are several reasons that hold us back.
First, we are afraid we will be rejected in what we have to say. Everyone wants to be liked and accepted by others; so when we come to topics like politics or our faith, there is a hesitancy to open our mouths and speak what we know to be true. Psalm 118:6 reminds us: "The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?" Again in Hebrews 13:6 we read: "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mortals do to me?" If we know we are backed by our Creator, none of us should be fearful of what our fellow man thinks of us or how he may react to what we say. Instead, we need to be confident in telling others about Jesus Christ. After all, this is what the Lord, Himself, instructed us to do before He ascended into heaven (Matthew 28:18-20). It is far more important to obey God rather than to be afraid of how others react to our message.
A second reason we tend to hold back in sharing our faith is a concern that we will not say the right thing. Once again, Jesus spoke to this concern when He reminded the disciples that in the hour of their need the Holy Spirit would help them speak the right thing. Luke 12:12 states: "....for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say." God always comes through in this area. There have been numerous occasions when I wasn't certain how to answer some one's question about my faith, but I trusted God to give me the right words, and He has never let me down. We need to believe in His ability...not our own. There is a saying that goes: " He doesn't call the equipped. He equips the called." I firmly believe that. God wants us to rely on His wisdom as we share.
As I look back at our tour guides, none of them was afraid to share the information they had about their country and the sights we were seeing. None of them worried about what to say. They merely told the story of their land with passion and interest. Last but not least, they were not lazy in sharing. They invited questions which they tried to answer to the best of their ability. We are not unlike a tour guide either. We know in whom we have believed, and we should be able to tell others without fear what He has done to change our lives. Whether our testimony is simple or elaborate, it makes no difference because the results are in God's hands. He is the one that calls, regenerates the heart and convicts another of sin. He asks us only to serve as His ambassadors to this world in need. He will do the rest if only we will share what we know. Let us be bold in Christ to share our faith with others. After all, someone told us and God did the rest. Selah!