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“For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure” Philippians 2:13 (ESV)
I suck at evangelism.
If you are anything like me, there are few tasks that the Christian is entrusted with that provide more feelings of failure, anxiety and incompetence than evangelism. I often find myself drawn to excuses for my poor evangelistic skill or zeal, as well as being jealous of those who are gifted with evangelism. This is a real problem for me.
I realized that the fundamental problem for me is one of desire and will. The problem is that I love or desire the kind words of my friends, more than I love them. However, Philippians 2:13 has been a huge comfort and help to me in this area. This verse is especially encouraging because in it, God promises to change my desires.
The word “will” is translated as “thelein” in Greek which means “to feel or have a desire for; want strongly”. Paul tells us that it is God that gives us a desire for what is good and right. He gives us a love for the souls of the lost that outweighs our desire to be well-liked.
So in light of this verse, I first receive the forgiveness I have in Jesus Christ for my selfishness and apathy. Then I ask my Father in heaven to change my heart so that I might see the incredible privilege of being able to share the Gospel. And finally, I ask to be sustained by His grace so I can continue to share the good news even when I do not feel like it.
Thank You Father, that all our good and holy desires are a gift from You. I confess that sometimes I don’t even want to care about the lost. Please break my heart for those who are perishing, and grant me the courage and love to share the life-changing message of Jesus Christ with them.
Many people neglect to cultivate a bigger view of God in their quest to be less controlled by the fear of man. Today, focus your devotions on passages that tell of nothing but the greatness of God! If you’re not sure where to start, try reading Psalm 103 and Job 38-41.