June 23, 2009

One Thing You Can't Do In Heaven

Recently, I finished reading "One Thing You Can't Do in Heaven" by Mark Cahill, as recommended to me by my lovely friend, Sherrie Ramsey. I have not been as challenged by a book in quite a while, especially by the application of it. 

I have discipled girls for years now, talking over everything from the gospel to the character of God to prayer to you name it. But NOT ONCE have I EVER talked to them about or given them instruction in evangelism or taken them out to share. Why? If you're a Christian, you probably know why. Because not sharing our faith, although it's a command in Scripture and a focal point of Paul's letters, is completely excused, never challenged, and not modeled very often. We always talk about relational evangelism, but that seems to be an out sometimes when we just don't want to have to say anything. I have "excused" myself and everyone under my spiritual direction out of ignorance and fear. 

I don't know what in the world I've been so scared about.

OK, so I didn't want to write this post because I don't want it to be "oh, look at me, I'm doing this". But I'm writing, hoping you'll maybe pick up the book or really evaluate why we excuse ourselves from such a basic premise of what it means to be a follower of Christ. Sherrie and I, comrades in fear, decided enough was enough in our own lives and have been purposely going out to share. 

Guess what? It turned out to be kind of......fun!!!! I couldn't remember what I had been so scared of. It's just talking to people, all of whom were perfectly happy to have a conversation with us. 

One of the main things in Cahill's book that I learned was that sharing the gospel with people is always a win for us, even if we're rejected. He explains that there are 3 possible results from sharing our faith: 1) they can come to Christ 2) you plant a seed or 3) they reject the gospel (and you feel rejected). Normally, we would look at that and say that we've got 2 good results and 1 not good result. But he tells us not to forget what Matthew 5:11-12 says, "Blessed are you when they revile you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven..." All three results are win-win-win for us because even if we are rejected, we have added to our reward in heaven! I thought that was really cool to think about and it really gives me no reason not to share.