I Have [Not] Hesitated!
I Have [Not] Hesitated!
Scripture: “Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of any of you. 27 For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.”
Observation: This is an amazing statement. Paul could say, with all confidence, that he was faithful to the call of God on his life. Paul made his fair share of mistakes, horrific deeds done earlier in his life. However, once he encountered Jesus, he truly changed. He shared the truth of Jesus, that which was revealed to him, to all he was called to.
Application: When I look at my life, I cannot make the same claim. Yes, I follow Jesus, I share about Him, I lead others in his truth and in worship of him. But I also shy away from sharing my faith with others, even when the Holy Spirit is prompting me. There are times when I allow my fears or reasoning to get in the way of the truth I can offer hurting people. Just a few weeks back, I was in a store and brought into a conversation between two employees. One was very upset because she had just learned that her daughter-in-law was rushed to hospital in a near death situation. She was not operating in peace or hope. She was completely flustered and barely holding it together. I knew that I needed to offer to pray for her. I knew that God wanted me to step out in bold faith. But I didn’t. I felt like perhaps it would be inappropriate in the middle of her work day, and in the middle of this store. I felt like perhaps, my offer to pray would cross over some political / social line, and I would be in the wrong. I listened to this hurting woman. I empathized with her pain, and offered some words of comfort, but I never offered to pray. I told myself that I would say a silent prayer. And I did. I believe that my prayer was still effectual, but I also believe I missed an opportunity to share hope and peace to that woman through offered prayer. I know that God will give me more opportunities. I want to remember this missed opportunity though, and use it as something that spurs me on. I don’t want to hesitate to proclaim God’s promises to others. Paul is a great example of someone who counted the cost and decided that sharing God’s truth was worth every awkward moment, persecution, and rejection.
Prayer: Jesus, help me to be more faithful to your call. Amen.