How God blesses Christians when they share their faith with others
While traveling through Minnesota this week, I met with several Christian missionaries who joined Truth in Love Ministry in Utah to participate in our outreach campaigns. Judy, Daryl, Mary, Bill, Ronelle, Amy, and Dean. Ordinary Christians prompted by the Holy Spirit to partake in an extraordinary adventure. They courageously stepped out of their comfort zone and knocked on the doors of Mormons living in Provo, Kaysville, Bountiful, and West Valley City. They lovingly and respectfully engaged Mormons with the power of God's Word.
The Truth in Love missionaries left Utah with the same confidence of an experienced farmer who planted his field with good, reliable seed. The farmer fully expects a harvest, and so do we. It's a matter of trusting God's timetable.
In the meantime, the Christians who travelled to Utah received unexpected and life-changing blessings.
1. They experience the promise of receiving the presence of God. 2. They experience the promise that God will provide the words to speak. 3. They experience the benefits of working out their salvation despite fear and trembling.
"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:19-20, NASB)
When God calls Christians to go, teach, and baptize in the name of the Triune God, he promises that they will not be alone. When Christian missionaries proclaim the message of the gospel, they share the power of the Holy Spirit in the message and the presence of the Holy Spirit while delivering the message. They experience the fruit of Christ when fears are dissolved and a gentle, calm spirit appears -- where nerves disappear and peace of heart and mind breaks through. There is an awe-inspired thrill of knowing that sharing God's Word is not about the Christian, but the message.
In many ways, Christian missionaries are witnessing their faith and introducing the presence of Christ to those who are lost in false teachings.
"And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations. And when they arrest you and deliver you up, do not be anxious beforehand about what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour; for it is not you who speak, but it is the Holy Spirit. (Mark 13:10-11, NASB)
A Christian missionary will not have to fear arrest for sharing the gospel in America, but they still can receive God's promise. When engaged in a conversation with a Mormon, there will be times when a Christian will not know what to say. There will be times when we don't know how to answer a good question or explain a Bible verse. When the answer doesn't come to our minds, we can turn to God for help and ask Him to keep His promise. It's amazing to experience when God provides Christian missionaries receive the words to say. And when this happens, it causes a Christian to sit back in awe at the words that are coming out of their mouths. That is experiencing the presence of God when sharing God's Word with others.
"So then, my believed, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, but to will and to work for His good pleasure." (Philippians 2:12-13, NASB)
One of the greatest exercises of our Christian faith is sharing our faith. Long, dormant muscles are used. And when muscles are used, they become stronger. Fear and trembling come from weak spiritual muscles. They are created to be bold and courageous. The mystery of faith is that Christ dwells in us. This means that we are not the ones who are exercising our spiritual muscles, but Christ is using them according to His will. Many times, a Christian missionary will not experience the joy of reaping, but will find joy in sowing. They become a part of a holy process of being God's servant. When Christians exercise their faith, they receive the benefits of growing and maturing in the faith by exercising muscles they have never used before.
Experience God's presence by sharing God's Word with others. You don't even have to go on a mission trip. God has already placed you in a field right outside your door.