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Fear Factor

Contributed & Written by: Mark Jerndt

There was a program on TV a number of years ago called Fear Factor. In that program, contestants were told that they either had to eat something, or do something that was fearful to them. If they chose not to do what was required of them, they were eliminated from the competition. I probably don’t need to tell you that I would have been eliminated at the get go. Nevertheless, I was astounded by those who embraced the fear and went on to win the reward.

I want to take the time to explain a different kind of fear. Why is it that you, and even I on occasion are fearful of sharing our faith? Has your heart ever raced, and maybe you even turned a different facial color because you had this fear of talking about Jesus? Well here is some good news that you probably had not thought about; it’s not your responsibility to save anyone. God does that, but it is still our responsibility to tell others. In Exodus 4:12, God tells Moses “Now go, I will help you speak and will teach you what to say”. God speaks those same words to you and me today. Also, in Proverbs 29:25, we are told: “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.”

If you still have another excuse, it might be that you don’t know God’s Word well enough to share it. It’s true that you cannot share what you do not know, but you can share what you do know. You can share the love of Jesus, and John 3:16 is a good start.

I hazard to guess that there are some that would say “it’s not important.” Well, then, I must ask this question: “Is it important to you that someone brought you to Jesus?” Of course it is important. In my Greek studies, a number of years ago, I came upon this imperative command. It says: “do this!” That comes directly from our Commanding General, the Lord God Himself, in Jesus Christ. Don’t allow Satan to speak in your ear that you do not have the gift of evangelism. Martin Luther believed in the priesthood of the believer, or that we are all called to be ministers of God wherever He has placed us. Evangelism, in the broader sense, simply means sharing the Good News.

Let me conclude by saying: one way to know how to do this, is by being regular in your worship attendance, be frequent in your attendance at the Lord’s table, and be frequent in your study of God’s Word. I can recommend that you camp out in Ephesians chapter 2, the book of Romans in chapters 1-3, and in chapter 10. Don’t be among those that never share their faith...even once in their entire life.

Mark Jerndt

Elder Emeritus

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