When you get fearful (anxious, doubtful, worrisome) about sharing the Gospel- and we all do at one time or another- or the devil lies to you by saying that you’re going to offend someone, remember that “this is your job” and that it’s okay to do it!
As I am studying to become an ordained minister, I often look for, am led by the Spirit, and take opportunities presented by the Lord to initiate “God conversations.” That is, talking about spiritual matters of which sharing our faith and hope in Jesus Christ is central. As a Christian and being in this world, there are times of doubt, trepidation and fear. These are the enemy’s tactics and, unfortunately, they often work.
While at work early this morning and quite unexpectedly, the Holy Spirit started explaining to me that we shouldn’t be fooled by this “spirit of offense” that is running so fully rampant today. He simply said to me that we shouldn’t worry because “this is your job.” Those words exactly. But the connotation wasn’t a command and something we should do in obedience. Rather, the tone was a comfort and a relief that people should expect that of us as they do others’ work. He cited some common sense examples. “When you’re a teacher, you talk about education. When you’re a doctor or a fireman, you talk about saving lives; that’s because it’s what you do. People understand and expect that.” Well, guess what? The Bible tells us that we are all ministers if we are committed, faithful, born-again Christians. Let’s look at the following scriptures for some specific examples that prove this to be true, that bear witness to God’s Spirit.
(a) Ephesians 3:7, “Of this Gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of His power.”
(b) 2 Corinthians 5:18, “All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to Himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.”
(c) 2 Timothy 4:5, “As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”
(d) Colossians 1:25, “…I became a minister according to the stewardship of God that was given to me for you, to make the Word of God fully known…”
So now that we know we are God’s ministers, we should rebuke that spirit of fear (See James 4:7), pray for boldness (See Acts 4:29) and remember that you are NOT offending anyone. You are simply talking about what you do; doing your job. God encourage and bless you!