Jesus: Best Cheerleader Ever
(In no way am I trying to make fun of, or downplay Jesus’ role as God, Lord and Savior. I simply think this is a funny, and somewhat helpful illustration, given the context of this post.)
Something that is really difficult for me as an evangelist (a very new and inexperienced evangelist at that) is the fact that I am naturally a people pleaser. I have been for as long as I can remember. I always want to make people feel better, want to take care them, want to make them happy and especially make them laugh.
Evangelists are in charge of giving people “The good news” (the gospel), but often before we do that, they must take the “bad news” (their sin and resultant separation from God) to heart. Naturally, this situation has caused me to often be stressed out and nervous when sharing the gospel. To compound this issue, I also have trouble with anxiety from time to time (it gets to the point where I get freeing cold and shake…even on a very warm day).
Something to keep in mind when we are facing fear and persecution when evangelizing is that we have the Jesus Christ in our corner. I am convinced he is cheering for us, even when we fail miserably. We know that he is with us always (Matthew 28:20), close to the broken hearted (Psalm 34:18 ), blessing us when we are persecuted and preparing rewards for us (Matthew 5:10-12). I am continually picturing him standing right behind me as I witness, smiling warmly and telling me “Keep going. I am here. Everything is going to be alright.”.
Lord, I pray that all of us fulfilling the great commission will remember that you are with us, even when facing extreme resistance, threats of physical violence or even martyrdom. If you are with us, no one can be against us.