Hello and welcome! This is the Geeks Under Grace daily devotional where we dive into the Bible everyday. We take devotionals from bible.com and read the verses, devotional, and give our own commentary. Sometimes we will have multiple writers, but most of the time it will be just me. I hope you enjoy and comment with your own commentary.
This devotional is titled “Casting Crowns – The Overflow Devo”. It is only 7 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing.
1 Corinthians 3:7
“So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.”
Most of us in the Church have been trained well beyond our obedience. So when it comes to telling others about Jesus, what are we so afraid of?
We know about the Power Band bracelets with colored beads that symbolize a different step in the gospel. We’ve heard a version of “The Romans Road” or some other witnessing tool. But I’m not sure we all truly understand how God saves people.
I can say I believe salvation is all of God, but if that were my belief I’d have no problem sharing my faith. Somewhere between my brain and my heart are some atheistic tendencies. I once heard Pastor Johnny Hunt of First Baptist Church of Woodstock (Georgia) say, “In many areas of our lives we are practical atheists.” I tell students all the time, “You can say what you think, but you’ll live what you believe.”
When I share Jesus, most likely all I’m doing is watering a seed someone else planted, and God does the saving. (1 Corinthians 3:7) So here is a crucial point to work into our hearts and minds: We cannot save anybody. I’ve never saved anyone in my life. I cannot look at a witnessing opportunity and consider myself the person who is going to make or break this eternal moment. I am charged only with loving them like Jesus. God does the heavy lifting. That’s what my brain tells me and what Scripture tells me.
Yet my life tells me I obviously don’t believe that. Instead, I fear I will say or do something that won’t be good enough or strong enough or convincing enough, which is a scary thought—to think I can convince somebody. The consistent evidence suggests that I believe I’m going to do something wrong or prompt too many difficult questions. I think I’m not ready. Consequently, I hold back and don’t share. So that means I don’t believe what I say. For many of us, it is a source of constant spiritual friction.
It often boils down to pride rooted in the sobering reality that I probably have not lived for Christ in front of this person. My fear is that what I share will sound so different from my normal behavior and attitude that they’re going to look at me and laugh because I haven’t lived the eternal life I’m now professing.
All of these shortcomings—a misunderstanding of Scripture, a fear of rejection, and pride—are steeped in some form of fear, which isn’t from God anyway. To fear sharing your faith is to misunderstand the gospel, our role, and God’s role. God is love, and perfect love cast out fear—so we can speak the words of life with God’s fire in our eyes. And just love ‘em like Jesus.
There are many reasons we are scared to talk about Jesus. The main excuse we give is that others will be turned off by us sharing our faith and think less of us. Which is actually a selfish thing for us to care about. Now, I am NOT promoting Bible thumping which the dictionary defines as “an evangelist or other person who quotes the Bible frequently, especially as a means of exhortation or rebuke.” Instead I am encouraging you to spread the gospel, but also to live what your preach. Walk the walk as many would say. You can’t say one thing and do something else. Then no one will listen to you and will actually associate you with Christianity.