I’m reading a book by Doug Pollock called God Space. It was a Mother’s Day gift from my kids and is about learning how to bring God into a conversation naturally; not through awkward ways. I don’t know about you but I want to avoid being labeled the “church lady.”
Even though it’s out of my comfort zone to speak to strangers one-on-one about God, I am trying to overcome my fear and praying every day for opportunities to shine the light of Christ in a dark world, by simply starting a conversation. Many days I receive those openings, but what I’ve also found is not everyone accepts what you have to say when the chat turns the corner to God.
And that can be a downer.
No one likes rejection.
But we still have to try, even after we are deflated by a harsh response from the one we are trying to reach. When that happens, our loving heavenly Father is there to comfort us and lift us up.
Psalm 118:6 says, “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”
We also have to realize that what may seem like a rejection could actually be a seed planted. It just has to germinate and be fertilized by the next bold soul that comes along.
Perhaps you have attempted to have spiritual conversations with a close friend or a family member but the minute you segued to your faith, they shut you down.
Before the resurrection, John 7:5 tells us that even Jesus’ own brothers did not believe in him. That had to be difficult for Savior of the world, trying to press into his “God calling” when his brothers constantly looked at him in disbelief. Mark 3:21 says family members thought Jesus was “out of his mind.”
So if you’ve tried to be bold about your faith with someone close to you and the door slammed in your face, don’t lose heart, because you’re in good company. Even though family members didn’t accept him, Jesus didn’t let that stop him. He never quit sharing the truth and neither should we. We must keep trying because we have an Almighty God reinforcing us when we feel defeated.
Psalm 118:13 says, “I was pushed back and about to fall, but the LORD helped me. The LORD is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.”
Lord, today we ask that you make us aware of opportunities to start a conversation with someone, even if we don’t know them. If we are rejected, we pray you will nurse our spiritual wounds, and encourage us to continue on. Thank you that you understand rejection, and for infusing us with the strength to stand, even when we are knocked down. In the Name of Jesus we pray, AMEN