Dare 2B Daring - July 20, 2018
A daily devotional published by Risk Takers for Christ, Inc.
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“You are not responsible for how people respond to the truth of the gospel. Your responsibility is to give the truth. It’s God’s responsibility to lead them to believe it.” – Chuck Swindoll
Survey after survey produces the same results. When asked why they don’t witness to unbelievers by sharing their faith, the #1 response given by evangelical Christians is the fear of rejection. And so, paralyzed with fright, they remain silent and leave the unsaved world – including many of their closest friends and family members – to wallow in spiritual darkness and on the fast track to hell.
Penn Gillette, the world-famous illusionist and avowed atheist, once recorded a YouTube video in which he asked the following haunting question: "How much do you have to hate somebody to believe that everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?"
Gillette went on to share an even more disturbing illustration. He said that if a person refused to believe that a truck was bearing down on them, but you could see that it really was, shouldn’t you tackle that “unbelieving” person in order to save his or her life? Of course, the answer is “Yes!”
And so, what is the answer to rising above our fear of being rejected for sharing the gospel? Simply this: Get over it! It’s not about you or me. It’s about heaven and hell, eternal life and eternal damnation.
Jesus said it even better in Luke 10:16. “He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.”
If you want to watch Penn Gillette’s video, here is the link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6md638smQd8(opens in new window)
Meanwhile, please meditate on the following verse… and then start witnessing!
“And the LORD said to Samuel, ‘Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you: for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them.’” I Samuel 8:7 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President