Devotion for August 7, 2022

“God is not a God of confusion but of peace.” (1 Corinthians 14:33, ESV)

God has called you to represent him everywhere you go. Similar to how countries send out ambassadors, God is sending you out to tell others about his love and forgiveness. But maybe you lack the confidence needed to share your faith. Maybe you think it requires having a salesperson mentality. But that simply isn’t true! You don’t have to be good at “closing the deal” to invite people into God’s family.

I’ve talked before about how all humans have the same inner longings. So, when you tell others about Jesus, you’re offering them something they’re already looking for. What a confidence booster!

Another confidence booster in sharing your faith is this: Most people don’t really know what they believe. They may label themselves atheist, Christian, or Muslim. But when you scratch beneath the surface, they sometimes don’t even know what that system believes. Many people also claim to think a certain way, but they end up contradicting themselves. For example, they’ll say, “There are no absolutes in life.” But that’s nonsense because that statement contradicts itself. In fact, people who make that claim live by rules based on absolutes all the time. This shows that their beliefs are inconsistent and they are confused.

But sharing your hope in Christ helps bring clarity to their lives. It gives them the understanding they need. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 14:33, “God is not a God of confusion but of peace” (ESV). The truth of God’s Word sets people free from contradiction, confusion, and everything else that binds up their lives. “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32, NIV).

Here’s something interesting about human behavior: People make almost all their decisions based on emotions. Then they go look for intellectual reasons to back up their emotional decisions. So, when you share your faith, you don’t have to be afraid of arguing intellectual ideas, because most intellectuals are making their decisions based on their feelings anyway! Next time you lack the confidence to share your faith, you can relax, knowing that the message of Jesus will bring much-needed clarity to people’s lives.

Prayer

Father, grant me continued clarity in my life so that I may be a better servant for you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike

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