by Terry R. Townsend
The other night my son faced the hardest throwing twelve-year-old pitcher in the league. He was a bit intimidated, as were all the boys that night.
Reluctant at first, he slowly put his helmet on, slipped on his batting gloves, grabbed his bat and walked over to the on-deck circle to await his turn at the plate. I could see a bit of fear in his eyes as he approached the plate. He took deep breath and stepped into the batter’s box. He watched the first pitch go by for a ball, then the second. Pitch three was a strike, as were pitches four and five. Although he struck out, he was able to foul two pitches straight back (in baseball terminology, he “just missed”).
Interestingly, after the game he said, “I was scared at first, but it wasn’t that bad. I’ll be better prepared the next time I face him.”
I think a lot of the members of the body of Christ are intimidated, as was my son, relative to evangelism. Personal evangelism can be a difficult challenged at times, and there is always the potential for striking out. Sadly, many Christians not only fail to step up to the plate, they never even approach the batter’s box. But I think folks find it is not that bad once they have a given it a try. True, we may fail initially, but the more swings we take, the easier it becomes!
Do you think it was easy for the first century Christians? How difficult was it for Ananias to go to Saul of Tarsus and teach him the Gospel (cf. Acts 9:10-18)? Those early Christians faced a fierce and intimidating foe (Judaizers and Roman authority); yet, they courageously stepped up to the proverbial plate and preached the Gospel (cf. Acts 8:4ff).
Wowing the seed of the kingdom is not optional – it is a command (Matthew 13:3ff; 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16)! Thus, it is imperative that we get off the bench and suit up, stand up, and speak up (cf. Ephesians 6:10ff).
from the Keltonburg TN church bulletin