What God Calls All Believers to Do
A while back, I was speaking with an interviewer about my book Lost Boy. He said, “You seem to be very natural when you speak. It must come easily to you.”
“Nothing could be further from the truth,” I told him. “Before I was a Christian, I wasn’t a public speaker.”
When I was in school, I remember a time in class when we all were required to give an impromptu, five-minute speech in front of the other students. I had been assigned a statement from the Revolutionary War: “Don’t shoot until you see the whites of their eyes.” I hadn’t read the assignment, so I had no idea what that statement was about. I stood up in front of the class, frozen in fear. My mouth went dry, and my mind went blank. And I got an F on that assignment.
I was not a public speaker back then. But after I came to faith in Jesus Christ, I realized the best way to help people believe was through verbal communication, whether speaking in front of a group or with an individual. I discovered it was not about me. It was not about what I was comfortable doing; it was about obeying the Lord.
The primary way God reaches those who do not yet know Him is through verbal communication. Romans 10:14 says, “How can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?” That “someone” is supposed to be you and me.
Have you ever led someone to the Lord? The Great Commission was given to every Christian. We are all called to share the gospel. We all have a part to play. God has chosen to use people as His primary communicators of His truth.
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