As a certified life coach, one of the keys to reaching goals I lead people in is removing obstacles in one’s mind to accomplish that goal. Often it is not even a real obstacle. Being a minister now for almost a quarter of a century, I realized that what handicaps people from thriving in a missional life is undue expectations they create for themselves. If we rid undue pressures, people usually thrive in their mission. Here are two myths about sharing Jesus and how to overcome them conversing the Good News among those in your daily existing spheres of influence.
- You have to know more Bible.
The number one false belief I hear from people is they need to know more Bible before they share the Good News of Jesus. This could not be further from the truth. Yes, it’s good to have a daily quiet time with Jesus. Yes, it’s even great to have a discipline of deep study in God’s Word. But more knowledge of the Bible is not needed to share the Good News of Jesus. The blind man who Jesus heals simply proclaims “I know this: I was blind, and now I can see!” (John 9:25) You know how Jesus saved your life. Share that! Look what the Apostle Paul says about heightening the need for knowledge. “Knowledge makes arrogant, but love edifies.” (1 Cor. 8:1) Conversing what Jesus did in your life edifies the recipient with His love. The love of Jesus touches and transforms. Jesus brings it home when he responds to religious people about needing to know more scriptures over knowing Jesus. “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.” (John 5:39-40)
- You have to be a gifted speaker.
Throughout history, teaching and preaching were ways to equip the Body of Christ to go converse the Good News of Jesus through normal daily conversations with those you interact with. But today people find a preacher that they want to consume their giftedness of speaking. These celebrity platforms have become so large that a sad and horrid outcome is that the listeners compare their own communication skills with these over-popularized speakers and think wrongly that they have to communicate with the same skill. There is absolutely no Biblical precedent that you must be a skillful gifted speaker to converse about the One who saved you! Moses proclaimed he did not have eloquent speech but He was God’s mouthpiece in delivering His people out of bondage. The Apostle Paul who sparks the expansion of God’s Church shares “When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.” (1 Cor. 2:1, 4-5) It’s time for Jesus followers, you, to walk in the reality that God’s perfect power in you empowers you to converse the Gospel effectively. In fact, Jesus, who lives within you shares all you need. “For it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” (Mt. 10:20)
I hope that knowing that these are myths and not reality will empower you in your daily missional life sharing Jesus. That’s why you are here! How do knowing these fuel your daily missional life? What are other myths you can call out in the realms of missional living? Comment below and let’s continue the conversation. Will you share this on your social media to stir up more conversation?
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