Someone has said that the world is run by people who just show up.  I think that’s exactly what Christians are called to do—just show up and be.  With all our sin, our doubts, our fears, our failures, our neediness, our laughter, our freedom, our forgiveness—we need to show up.  Evangelism is what happens when we are there and are real.  It creates all kinds of questions for which Christ is the answer.

All we have to do is take off our masks, show up and not duck.

…We are so obsessed with ‘doing it right,’ never bringing shame on the name of Christ, about learning a Gospel presentation and learning to do apologetics, that we are always preparing and never doing—or better yet, being.

-Steve Brown 

     

I think we get way too caught up with how we will be perceived by others when it comes to our witness rather than forgetting about and getting beyond ourselves enough to be sensitive to those all around us who don’t know Jesus.  Look, we aren’t little saviors.  We weren’t the ones born in a manger.  We can’t save a flee, let alone ourselves.  Our task is to point people to Jesus—not ourselves.     

Pray diligently. Stay alert, with your eyes wide open in gratitude. Don’t forget to pray for us, that God will open doors for telling the mystery of Christ, even while I’m locked up in this jail. Pray that every time I open my mouth I’ll be able to make Christ plain as day to them.    -Colossians 4:2-4, The Message Bible

Here’s Paul in jail and he’s not talking about the doors of the jail opening up for him but he’s concerned about sharing Jesus.

Are we?

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