Years ago a young country doctor who was just starting his career, was faced with an outbreak of typhoid in the small farming community he settled in. Within the first few days of arriving and ‘putting out his shingle’ nearly a dozen people came to see him—all of whom had typhoid. He knew what it was. He knew how to treat it. The question was had he gotten there in time?
Unfortunately for three families, the answer was no. One family lost two of their three small children to the disease by the end of the young doctor’s first month there. He was devastated. In his heart and mind he was a complete failure. He tried to move beyond the emotional pain and defeat, but he couldn’t. A few months later without saying a word, he left to live out the rest of his life working as a farmer and determined to not tell anyone what he really was.
Fast-forward a few years. The young doctor fell in love and got married. Before long the couple was expecting a baby. When the time came for the baby to be born, he called for the local midwife to help his wife deliver their child because not even she (his wife) knew of her husband’s medical profession.
There were complications and the midwife told the man that he had to choose whether to save his wife or the baby. When he was told why he was being made to choose, he knew it didn’t have to be that way. He knew it was possible to save both mother and child. But did he dare try? What if he failed… again? No! He couldn’t let his selfish fears keep him from sharing life with the woman he loved and their child. So without saying a word he went into the room where his wife was laying, took matters into his own skilled hands, and within minutes, was handing his son to his wife, who was both amazed and thankful for the man who was her husband.
What is keeping you from sharing Jesus with others?
We are all too quick to give the excuse of being too busy to take the time to share the Good News of the Gospel with others. But is it just that? Or is it fear? Embarrassment? Timidity? Feelings of inadequacy? Whatever it is, it’s rubbish!
Look what the Bible says about this: For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. (2nd Timothy 1:7).
And… But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (James 1:22)
When you accept Jesus as your Savior, you are empowered with the Holy Spirit. You have no reason to be afraid, shy, or incapable of being able to show and tell others the Good News. The Holy Spirit will do it for you working through you. Just like the doctor had to get out of the way of his own fears and uncertainties, you have to get out of the way and let Jesus work in and through your life.