“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
The passage above is the Great Commission: It is a command to spread the Gospel to everyone! But fear often prevents us from being the witness for Christ we could and should be.
The fear can come from many places. Are you afraid of losing your friends? Of being laughed at? Of being wrong? These fears are very real. Sometimes we are laughed at. Sometimes we’re wrong, and sometimes we lose friends. However, these cannot be excuses not to share the Gospel. A lost friendship is a sad thing. Being made fun of hurts. But the decision of whether or not to share the Good News? That is a matter of life and death.
Sometimes, God gives you the opportunity to befriend someone for the very sake of presenting the Gospel to them. We’re afraid that if we start talking about Jesus, our friend may think we’re weird and not want to hang out with us. I think that if we really cared about our friends, we would share the Gospel with them. Who knows? What you say may mean the difference in their decision. And believe me, it’s the biggest decision they’ll ever make.
As for being made fun of, it’s going to happen. Matthew 10:22 says this:
You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.
“Hated by everyone” doesn’t sound like much fun, but the fact is, this is not our home. We are just passing through, and we are called to declare to everyone we can the great love of our Lord Jesus.
But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:20)
Last of all, I know that being wrong is a terrifying thing. What if we misrepresent God? What if we get our facts wrong and look like idiots? I think this fear can often be stronger than the first two. You may want to share the Gospel with your friend, but you’re afraid you’ll get it wrong. “Maybe I’ll just wait for someone more qualified to tell Him about God,” you think. “I’ll just get it wrong.”
Let me ask you something. Can you tell someone that Jesus died on the cross for their sins? Can you tell them that a sin is every wrong thing we’ve done; that we’ve all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God? That sin means death? Can you tell them that God has made a way for them to have an eternal relationship with Him? That He has given them life? If you’re a Christian, you already know all of that. And if you know that, you can share the Gospel. When they start asking questions you can’t answer, then direct them to your pastor. But don’t be afraid to plant that seed.
If you’re still afraid of being wrong, do something about! Study the Bible (which you should be doing anyway). Look for verses to share with the person you’re witnessing to, such as John 3:16, Romans 3:23, and Romans 6:23 (click here for more). Ask your pastor or youth pastor for help on how to present the Gospel. Most importantly, pray! Ask God to give you words to say. Let the Holy Spirit take the lead!
Look for opportunities to share the Gospel. Tell the world of the hope, the life, the love that you have been given!