As I was in Denver last week I had the opportunity to share the Gospel with complete strangers on two separate occasions. It seemed much more comfortable sharing there, and I know why. I was just an anonymous guy.
Just another dude on the street in the big city. Nobody knew who I was. Except my family.
Sharing the Gospel message in anonymity is easy if you love people.
What’s hard is sharing in places where you are known. At work, at school, with family and friends, it becomes exponentially harder to share your faith with people who know you. But most especially if you are not living what you are speaking.
WE SHOULD BE SHARING GOD’S MERCY, GRACE AND TRUTH.
Jesus came full of grace and truth. See John 1.
We are sinners saved by grace standing on the truth of God’s word. We are not perfect and we will mess up again and again. Yet because of Jesus we are reconciled with God the Father.
In Acts, Peter and the apostles were not sharing for a couple of days and going home. They stayed around for a while, and people knew who they were.
They were flogged, stoned, imprisoned and many other things, but they continued confessing Jesus Christ as Lord.
Understandably there are mission fields where the Gospel must be shared in a secretive and even clandestine manner.
But in most situations we are not called to hide in the shadows of anonymity to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. On the contrary, we are told to confess Jesus before men.
“Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.”
Matthew 10:32-33 NASB
“They took his advice; and after calling the apostles in, they flogged them and ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and then released them. So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name. And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.”
Acts 5:40-42 NASB