Always an Excuse
I always had an excuse.
“I’m too shy. It’s just how I am.”
I would convince myself, and others that I was the last person capable of speaking in front of a crowd, let alone sharing the gospel with strangers.
“I’m not good with my words, unless it’s in writing.”
I’m a writer, not a speaker. I can’t think on my feet when it comes to punch lines, let alone answering the hard questions about Christianity.
“I can never say what I want to say when put on the spot. I freeze.”
Well, you get the point. I had built up a list of excuses on how and why I was incapable of being a minister for Christ. I thought God made it obvious that I was not the designated go-to person He wanted in a missionary position.
But I was wrong.
Missionary is in every one of our “job descriptions” as a Christian. If we want to claim that title – Christianity – we have to act on it, share it, and not make a list of reasons to get out of it.
The Great Commission is a call for ALL God’s people – not just for the disciples He spoke to on the mountain. Take a moment to read it again. Soak it in. Process it as if God was speaking directly to you.
“Then Jesus came to [you] and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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” (Matthew 28:18-20).
Is there anywhere imbedded in those words that says, “I want everyone to do this, but [insert name here] is exempt”? When I read this passage before, I would displace myself from the text. I would read it strictly as the words of a book – not the words of a guidebook for my life.
This is a serious problem all of us face. We know the actions we are supposed to take, yet we still petition with our excuses to be put on an exempt list. While, in the meantime, we are completely missing the point.
God made us different for a reason. If He created us all to be speakers and pastors, there would be no one to speak and minister to! He created some of us with the gift of music, others with service, compassion, love, sports, etc. The list could go on. But what’s important is God created us differently so we can minister in so many different ways! We can engage others through our many talents and draw them into the truth of God’s Word.
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