I’ll start lifting weights when my muscles are strong enough

Philemon 1:6 I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.

Do you ever feel less than confident sharing your faith in Christ?  Do you wonder if they will ask a question you don’t know the answer to?  Maybe you don’t know enough yet.  Maybe you aren’t quite prepared to be an evangelist.  So you determine to study the Word more so you can be ready.  Except you find that you don’t. You commit to pray more that you would be equipped, except you forget.  I’m not trying to be mean about this – just real.  I say real because I can identify.  I have said and not done all the same things.

The truth is, that approach won’t work.  Why?  Because we have the verse backwards.  We say that once we have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ, we will start sharing our faith.  But Paul says to Philemon: be active in sharing your faith SO THAT you will have a full understanding.  “So that.” It’s no mistake that Paul worded it in this way.  Sharing your faith whether you feel equipped or not will cause you to grow.  Sharing your faith will increase your awareness of the greatness of God.  Talking about what He has done in your life will remind you of His goodness.

It would be like saying, “I will start lifting weights when my muscles are strong enough.”  It doesn’t work that way.  You have to lift the weights with your puny muscles in order to make them stronger.  If you want to make your faith stronger, start exercising it – start sharing it.  Maybe you feel like you don’t have much to share or you don’t know what to say.  I know this: you have something to share.  Anything.  Just share it.  It’s time for God’s people to get active in sharing our faith.  If you will just take the risk, you won’t believe how much you will grow.

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