“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 3:8
I’m not a very good golfer, but do love the game. Competing with myself rather than others is pretty much my goal. Simply put, I have high expectations of myself and want to do the very best when golfing, as well as in all of my undertakings.
Speaking of golf, there was once a preacher who decided to skip church on Sunday for a round or two. On one particular Par 4, he teed off and a big gust of wind caught the ball. Low and behold, the ball was carried 450 yards and went straight onto the green and into the hole. A hole in one on a Par 4! Amazing!
As God and an angel watched from above, “The angel said, “Why did you let him do that???” To the angels question, God replied, “Who’s he going to tell???”
So what good is a Par 4 hole-in-one if you can’t tell anyone?? That would be the worst of the worst because we’d naturally want to tell everyone—with gusto and more enthusiasm than we’d shown in a while! We’d want to shout our good news from the rooftop! Tell perfect strangers! To tell and tell again would be our normal response to such an amazing accomplishment.
You know…..God wants us to tell others about Jesus in such a manner as if we’d made that hole-in-one. You may say that you cannot share your faith about how a relationship with Jesus has changed your life.
You may say that you’re too shy,
don’t have the proper religious education,
don’t know what to say,
become too nervous to speak about such things.
You may even say that your faith is very personal and you don’t talk about it to others.
Again, think of your response had you made that hole-in-one.
There are many reasons any one of us could give for not sharing our faith in Jesus.
But you see, we don’t have to do it alone.
When Jesus ascended to heaven after the resurrection, He left the Holy Spirit (third person of the Trinity) to make His home in the hearts of all who accept Him as Savior and Lord.
It is God, the Holy Spirit, who will lead us to be able to share our faith without reservation. It is the Holy Spirit who actually sets the appointment and gives us the approach needed wherever He leads us. All we have to do is have a willing heart and follow. He will do the rest.
Yes, the game of golf is a great outlet for me, but being able to share my faith with others is my passion.
I am shy,
and not at all qualified,
but God continues His work in me. One thing is for sure—He has a willing heart in mine. How about you?