When have I been compelled to share the Gospel? The first thing that comes to my mind is going into inner city Baltimore to give out clothes & food for an organization called Shepard’s Hands. I knew God was calling me there, in the midst of the fear that I had to overcome. When I got there I was amazed at how I felt God’s hand on me. I was able to use my gift as an artist to share with the children and adults. I would set up a table for the children to come and paint. We painted pumpkins, corn husks, crosses… I was always surprised at how many adults would come to the table to paint too. They were excited about decorating their home with something they made, to make it a little prettier. It was more than about a decoration, I was bringing them hope. I always came away blessed for doing it. My heart was changed…just as Paul is trying to get his point across to the Corinthians about where his heart is at in proclaiming the Message. That he is not out for his own worldly gain…
“If I proclaim the Message, it’s not to get something out of it for myself. I’m compelled to do it, and doomed if I don’t! If this was my own idea of just another way to make a living , I’d expect some pay. But, since it’s not my idea but something solemnly entrusted to me, why would I expect to get paid? So am I getting anything put of it? Yes, as a matter of fact; the pleasure of proclaiming the Message at no cost to you. You don’t even have to pay my expenses! Even though I am free of the demands and expectations of everyone, I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people: religious, non-religious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized-whoever. I didn’t take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ- but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view. I’ve become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life. I did all this because of the Message. I didn’t just want to talk about it; I wanted to be in on it!” 1 Cor 9:16-23 MSG
Dear Jesus, give me a soft heart to be able to share with others about You. Whether that means in my words or actions. I pray I would listen to Your leading to step out in Faith and obedience. That I wouldn’t let my own fear and judgement be a hindrance to someone who really needs to hear about You. Amen.