Eph 6:19 Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,
I keep reading these words over and over this week as I prepare for a sermon on Sunday. Everytime it strikes me as odd that the writer of most of the New Testament, Paul, had to overcome fears about opening his mouth. Was he scared that he'd say something anti-gospel? Did he think his words would make the gospel more mysterious instead of more known? Did he think that he'd be speechless? Did he fear that his words would end him up in jail or dead (he was apparantly already in jail when he wrote this)?
What do we fear when we think of sharing the good news of Christ? Do we fear social rejection of being a "radical"? Do we fear that we'll get the information wrong? Do we fear that our beliefs aren't as strong as they should be?
Fear holds our actions hostage and often causes us to do nothing when we really know we should. So to fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel means that we share the good news with great passion and excitement. We share with the mission as primary in our hearts and put this before all else.
How can we overcome fear? Prayer. We have to believe that God will give us the words. We have to believe that we are not alone in this. We have to believe in the power of prayer.
When we join the church we promise to uphold it with our prayers, presence, gifts, and service. If the mission of the church is to make disciples, then our prayer for the church is to "make disciples." To pray for the people (including ourself) that we can "fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel."
Keep praying. And may your fears melt away with every conversation with God.
Until Everyone Hears,
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