Reason #1 – We are ashamed of the Gospel
Well, maybe we wouldn’t put it quite that way; after all, saying it that way makes us look really bad, especially since we are talking about being ashamed of the One who created us, who was born for us, who died for us, and who will someday return for us. But sometimes, we are more concerned with what others might say or how others might react if we shared Jesus Christ with them.
Make no mistake, though… we have not been given the option of sharing the Gospel… we have been COMMANDED to share the Gospel and COMMANDED to make disciples.
Yet, we still don’t do it. This is most often motivated by fear on the believer’s part. Fear of being mocked, disliked, persecuted, hated, attacked or even killed for sharing the Good News of Jesus. I can’t alleviate your fears by telling you that these things won’t happen. Quite the opposite! I expect in the next few years, we will see unprecedented hatred towards everything and everyone who stands for the Name of Jesus Christ. Jesus told us in Matthew 12: 21-22 that:
Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
But we can’t just stop sharing the Gospel because it might cost us something, even if we are hated, persecuted or killed. We must be strong in His Power, because He promises that the one who endures to the end will be saved. And what does that say, then, about the one who does NOT endure to the end???
Still, we are left knowing what we have been commanded to do, even if we are afraid. Jesus warns us that we should not be afraid of those who can hurt or kill us on this earth, but instead we should fear the One who can destroy both body and soul in hell. He said in Matthew 12: 28-33:
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.
That is a very scary thought, that Jesus will deny anyone who denies Him! Obedience to His commandments is the test of a true believer in Christ. Check out Matthew 7:21-23:
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
The last commandment Jesus gave us before He left this earth was the Great Commission. If we are not regularly sharing our faith with others, we need to examine ourselves to see if something like shame or fear is holding us back. If we find it is, confess it and ask the Lord to give us the boldness to do what He has commanded us to do.
Be sure to check back for Reason #2 later on!