PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• Research says that the average woman speaks 20,000 words per day, and the average man speaks 7000.
Without getting into cheesy jokes about those statistics, the question on my mind this morning is, “How often do we talk about Jesus every day?”
In Acts 7, Stephen became the first martyr for Christianity.
And after his death, Acts 8:1b says, “A great wave of persecution began that day, sweeping over the church in Jerusalem; and all the believers except the apostles were scattered through the regions of Judea and Samaria.”
You’d think the stoning of Stephen and the persecution of Christians would have shut them up.
But no — these were Christians we need to look to and learn from!
In verse 4, it says, “But the believers who were scattered preached the Good News about Jesus wherever they went.”
I had a recent conversation with a man from my church about the importance of evangelism… we need our community of Christians to be bold enough to stand up and say the name of Jesus without worry.
We can’t leave it up to the pastors in a pulpit; it’s our collective responsibility as followers of Christ.
But we’re so afraid to bring up Jesus for fear of offending someone or being called weird.
Starting with the latter, Peter wrote in 1 Peter 4:16-17, “But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his name! For the time has come for judgment, and it must begin with God’s household. And if judgment begins with us, what terrible fate awaits those who have never obeyed God’s Good News?”
But let’s move on to the former, which is in my opinion, the most terrifying… our fear of offending someone may be a missed opportunity to share the Gospel.
Another confession, I struggle with a sense of responsibility even though I know someone’s eternal fate isn’t up to me.
I don’t have that much power.
But I have a horrible mental image of someone missing heaven and confronting me — asking me, “Why didn’t you tell me?” as they are dragged away towards the door to hell.
That image scares me to death.
Whatever our situation, the world is our mission field.
We don’t have to go to a foreign country to share about Jesus.
We can use a portion of our daily words and talk about Him right where we are.
I know it can get tricky at work, but when asked “What did you do this weekend?,” a simple, “We went to church,” can open up that door.
Talk about Him at the store.
Pray in a restaurant.
If we’re using 20,000 and 7,000 words per day, respectively—can’t we spare a few for the One who died for us?
Today, as you pray, thank God for the brave example of the earliest believers.
Thank Him that their bravery lives on and continues to inspire us and teach us.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you be as bold and be willing to be known as a Christian who isn’t afraid to speak the name of Jesus.