“A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.” Luke 6:40 ESV
“I was always taught not to talk about religion and politics.”
“I wouldn’t know what to say.”
“I don’t have the gift of evangelism.”
“I’ll say the wrong thing.”
“I still have lots of questions.”
“I’m a very private person, that’s just not my style.”
“That’s what we pay our minister to do.”
Have you ever noticed that we can always come up with a reason not to share our faith? There’s something about a conversation concerning spiritual matters that causes our mouths to dry up and clam up. We fear we are forcing our beliefs on others when we speak. We think we’ll mess it up if we try to explain what we believe. And then, what if they come up with a question we don’t know the answer to? Plus, we don’t want to alienate our friends.
Somehow we think our reservations justify our silence. Have you ever thought about how your silence may actually be a reflection how “unlike the teacher” you are. Jesus talked to anyone who would listen. He urgently lived His short life on earth with the message, “the Kingdom of God is at hand.” And then He went to the cross to meet the cruel demands of justice concerning our sin…death.
When you choose not to tell others you are not simply remaining silent. A “follower of Jesus” is a disciple of Jesus. Disciples become just like their teachers. Yes, imperfectly, but progressively more like Him.
If you follow Jesus Christ you are going to become like Him. His agenda was all about connecting people to God. He talked about spiritual matters and others were glad. In fact people pursued Him to get answers and find out how to get close to God. If we could see what God sees, we’d see that there are many people all around us who wish they had someone they could ask for answers. You’d see they’re looking for you. Remember, Jesus said, “follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.”
This passage in Luke does add “but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.” So, what are kind of training are you receiving. A passive and inactive commitment to follow Jesus is not acceptable. If you are not learning how to better share your faith you are not following. To follow is to do what the teacher is doing. If you don’t know how, then get some training.
So what are you waiting for? On the job training is the best kind. Go ahead and start talking. Tell others how Jesus Christ has transformed your life. When you hit a roadblock, then ask another mature follower of Jesus how they deal with it. Whatever you do, don’t wait until you think you know enough…you’ll never get there. In the meantime, just know there are many waiting for someone to tell them.
Aren’t you glad the person who told you didn’t have an excuse not to tell you?
Aren’t you glad they chose to “be like” the teacher?