Fear is a normal response in witnessing. This is because we are taking a risk. Even Paul experienced fear. The risks he experienced were far greater than those we typically face. His last stops before Corinth, the city in today’s passage, included Philippi, where he was thrown in jail (Acts 16:16-24), Thessalonica, where he was almost arrested (Acts 17:1-9), Berea, where a riot occurred (Acts 17:10-14), and Athens, where he had a very mixed reception (Acts 17:32). No wonder he was scared when he showed up in Corinth.
Yet his fears did not keep him from sharing Christ. He knew that nothing was more important than providing everyone, including the Corinthians, the opportunity to hear and understand the gospel, even if they might reject it and him. It was worth it.
How about you? What do you fear? Ask God to fill you with His Spirit and the boldness you need to be an effective witness to those who need to hear the gospel.
A spiritual rescue can be a risky endeavor.
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