When we were teenagers, my friends and I loved to have fun at fast food drive thru windows. We would pull up to the window, and when they said “Welcome to_____may I take your order?” We would reply, in a really sad voice, “No thank you. I just needed someone to talk to.” Then we would proceed to tell them some lengthy sob story about a bad break up, or a fight with parents. I mean, we would really ham it up with fake crying and everything.
Their responses were hilarious! We would get everything from someone giving us advice, to dead silence, where you could tell they thought they were encountering a person who was clearly insane. Other times they would just giggle. A couple times, they said some things that weren’t that nice. Those were the funniest! Either way, we would drive off cracked up at ourselves, proud of our ‘accomplishment’.
This past week, our pastor preached on being bold. It’s really easy for me to be bold when doing silly things. However, when it comes to being bold for Christ, I’m ashamed to admit that sometimes I chicken out.
Why is that so hard? Often times, I worry about things like looking weird, or not knowing the bible well enough. I worry about stepping on someone’s toes, or hurting their feelings. The truth of the matter is, that’s nothing more than self centeredness. I’m more worried about myself than I am about a lost person dying and going to hell. Ouch! That one hurt!
It’s time we were honest with ourselves. We should be worried about people around us who are lost. None of us are promised tomorrow and the devil’s working overtime. It’s time the Church kicked it into high gear!
Maybe some of you struggle with this too. Maybe it’s easy to be bold when you’re doing crazy or silly things. Maybe it’s easy to talk a good game when you’re around other believers, but when it comes to talking to a lost person it suddenly becomes uncomfortable.
I say, let’s throw comfort out the window! Let’s stop worrying about how we will look, and what people will think. Let’s start asking God for boldness! Just think, if we all just went out and got one more for Jesus, what kind of impact would we have on the world?
Try this, pull up to a drive thru window, and when they say “welcome to ____, may I take your order?” Just simply reply, “no thanks, I just wanted you to know that Jesus loves you!” Come on, I double dog dare ya’!!
“Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.” Deuteronomy 31:6