Be a Light in the midst of darkness
God's will for His children
The Lord commanded His children saying;
“‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’” (Acts 13:47)This is the one of the will of God for us, that we may be a light among the people of the world especially the unbelievers, so that by the grace of God we can bring salvation to them and to the whole world. Also the bible says the Lord “is not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9). This is also His will for all humanity, that they may come to repentance and be saved. As much as I have noticed, not many in the current world are genuinely saved through faith in Jesus Christ, and the end of all things is near (1 Peter 4:7), will majority of the world make it to heaven or suffer eternal damnation in hell?
Being a light
The bible says in Matthew 16:26, “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”, there is nothing better on this earth than being saved through faith in Jesus Christ. However, the system of the present society does not value salvation through faith in Christ, but rather on things that does not have eternal value. Physically, many seem bright and perfect but spiritually, they are in darkness and are broken because they have not received Christ so that they may be saved and be delivered fom powers of sin and Satan. Now we, who have been saved through grace should be a light to them that are lost so that we may bring salvation to the present world.
Fear of standing as a light in the midst of darkness
Let's be honest, how do you feel when you are the only believer in your class, workplace, family, bus, or community? What comes into your mind? When I am in the midst of unbelievers or my family are unbelievers, I feel the urge to preach the gospel of salvation to them. This feeling of burden for other souls came into my heart since I got truly born again in Christ. This includes my friends and family as well. Sometimes, when you preach the gospel, people may misunderstand you, while some actually understand. The fear of being misunderstood, rejected, or isolated can prevent the children of God from even making an attempt preach the gospel. But if the believers would not preach the gospel, who else? Sometimes, we pray for the gospel to spread all over the world, we pray for the salvation of our families, friends, and the world but we are not doing our own part. Please I want us to read Romans 10:13-17, with more emphasis on v14 and v17;
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.There is no way for anyone including me and you to believe in that which we have not heard, and this is why we must preach the gospel so that they may hear and then believe.
14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
What they if hear but do not believe?
When you preach the gospel, but people do not believe don't be discouraged, because you have not preached in vain for this is what the bible says;
Thus the saying “‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.” (John 32:37-38)What does this imply? It implies that when we sow seeds in the heart of the people by preaching the gospel, it may not germinate and bear good fruit, or in other words believe and be saved immediately, but other christians out there may complete the work of God which we have started in their lives by His grace. Also we should always pray before and after eveangelism because after all it is the Holy Spirit that brings conviction. Perhaps who knows, even though the person you preached to sounds like he did not believe, when he gets home, it can be a food for thought for him through out the day, week, or month and the Holy Spirit may bring conviction to his heart at a later time, without any other person preaching to him.
Overcoming fears in evangelism
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7
The spirit of fear does not come from God. Satan tries to prevent us from preaching the gospel by bring fear into our minds through whispering false thought and imaginations in our heads (ex. imaginations about being rejected). We depend on our fear as though it's actually going to happen when we have not even made an attempt that may cause or may not cause it to happen. When fear creeps into our minds we need to pray immediately and cast it away. Besides the bibe tells us that we should not fear those that can kill the body but not the soul (humans), rather fear the One that can destroy both the body and soul in hell. (Matthew 10:28). Here are some other verses that encourage us not to fear men;
The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe. (Proverbs 29:25)Dear brethren, as I am encouraging you, I am also encouraging myself, so let us trust in the Lord and fight a good fight of wait, this battle of faith will not last forever, time is coming when we will all rest in the bossom of the Lord and rejoice forever, only if we endure till the end (Matthew 24:13). The good thing is, enduring makes us stronger in Christ as the bible says, “after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore you, secure you, strengthen you, and establish you.” (1 Peter 5:10)
So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6)
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. (1 John 4:18)
And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” (Exodus 33:14)
It takes the grace of God carry out His will. Sometimes preaching to the unsaved souls is not easy but it a burden that God has laid on our heart as His children and we must not fail do the will of the Father. Grace does not come by doing nothing; prayer and studying of His word through the help of the Holy Spirit, as well as application of His word in our lives is crucial in receiving abundant grace to carry out the work of God in our daily lives. And by so doing, God will grant us success in all that we do, just as how God saw David and Joseph through in the days of old testament. Grace be with you.