H”‘Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen.” Matthew 28:19-20
The Bible talks a lot about love. It is chock full of verses about loving God and loving your neighbors. If you really love someone, you want what’s best for them, right? So what is the absolute best thing we can do for someone we love? Give them the gospel.
Giving someone the gospel is the best gift you could ever give them. If they accept it, they accept God’s forgiveness for their sins and believe Jesus gave his earthly life so that they could have heavenly, eternal life. Why then do we sometimes hold back from witnessing to people?
One common reason I hear is that we say we don’t want to push and drive them away from Jesus. But the fact is, if you’re not in Jesus, you’re away from him. Period. If you witness to someone, you can’t push them away, they’re already away.
Probably one reason for me, is that I fear rejection. I desperately want people to like me and to not feel uncomfortable around me. And the Gospel has a habit of making unbelievers feel uncomfortable. But, remember even if the people on this earth reject you, God will never reject you. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Do you hear that? Even if people here reject you for witnessing, God will never leave you or forsake you. He will be smiling down on you from Heaven.
Remember: it is more loving for you to witness to someone and initially have rejection than let that person slowly, but gently wander down the road that leads to hell.