5 Reasons I Don’t Tell Others About Jesus

While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. -Matthew 4:18-20

This is what it takes to be a disciple: following Jesus and fishing for souls. These words were recently seared into my soul when a friend said, “We’re pretty good at following, but are we really fishing?” No, I had to admit. Not at all.

Blog Post from Grace to Soar: 5 Reasons I Don't Tell Others About Jesus

One focus of my church this year is discipleship, so conversations like this are happening regularly. I am trying hard to follow after Jesus- to study His word, to pray, to trust, and to obey. However, I’m realizing there is a giant hole in my obedience.

I haven’t been fishing.

I’ve gone through my whole Christian life and not often shared Him with anyone.

When I’m in the midst of other believers, I’m great at praising Jesus and sharing His goodness and faithfulness. I feel called to encourage fellow believers through Grace to Soar.  But what am I doing for unbelievers? Praying, yes, but God asks me to do more than pray. He asks me to speak, to proclaim, to open my mouth and share the hope I have with a lost and confused world.

It’s not that I don’t want to tell others about Him, it’s just that…

I don’t want to inconvenience anyone.

Everyone is in such a rush these days. And I really want people to like me. If I mess up their schedule or interfere with their routine, they’re not going to like me. So I decide not to inconvenience them.

I would get too nervous.

It’s unfortunate that I get so nervous. Otherwise, I could tell people about Jesus. I mean my voice shakes, my face turns embarrassingly red, and my words stop making sense so people wouldn’t understand me anyway.

I don’t know enough.

I’m positive someone will ask me a question that I don’t know the answer to. They’ll probably ask me about the timeline of creation or the location of Hell or when the antichrist will appear. Since I won’t know the answer, it’s best not to risk the embarrassment or confusion.

The topic doesn’t come up naturally.

No one has ever asked me how to be saved. Otherwise, I wouldn’t hesitate to answer! The topics of sin and repentance don’t usually come up naturally. I’m obviously not great at starting the conversation, because it’s inconvenient….and I get nervous…and I don’t know enough.

But this is the only reason that matters…

I don’t care enough.

This is the reason that has broken me for several days. I just don’t care enough. That’s the sad truth of the matter. If I did, I’d do something about it. If I really cared, there wouldn’t be a person within my sphere of influence that didn’t know the truth about Jesus. Even if it was inconvenient. Even if they had tricky questions. Even if I had to bring up the topic in an unnatural way.

But it changes now.

Jesus hung, bled, and died on a cross for me and for the people around me and I can’t even bring up His name because it’s inconvenient? I can’t even share His sacrifice because someone might not like me? I know how ridiculous that is. Beyond ridiculous, it is sinful and it is disobedient.

My excuses stop today.

 

Heavenly Father,
I confess my disobedience and repent of my complacency. I am so sorry for my wickedness and selfishness. I will no longer keep my words about you confined to conversations with fellow believers. God, make me bold. Please give me the wisdom and grace to guide others towards the salvation you freely offer. Through your power, I commit to change this today. Thank you for loving me in spite of me. Amen.


Have you been making excuses to avoid sharing your faith? If so, leave a comment committing to change! Please come back next week; I’ll be sharing some simple, non-pushy ways to share Jesus with the people around you. {Added: Post is up now. Check it out!}

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23 Comments on "5 Reasons I Don’t Tell Others About Jesus"

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Elizabeth Marshall
These 5 reasons have been SO me at times. I read a book recently called “When People are Big and God is Small” and it talks all about how we allow the ‘fear of man’ to be more important than the ‘fear of the Lord’ and that is really what this all boils down to . The fear of man is so strong it over shadows the fear of the Lord and we don’t want to annoy, inconvenience, or offend anyone. Instead we continue to allow them to walk down their path away from saving grace. It can be a… Read more »
Kristi

It is so easy to allow fear to keep us from talking. I’ve realized that if I share how Jesus is working in my daily life as normal practice it becomes easier to share others things and opens the door for others to feel comfortable asking questions.

Monisa Harris
Monisa Harris

Awesome read and so true for me. Those are the same excuses that I use. I am trying so much harder to share Jesus. I thought years ago, if I had just made a new best friend, I would want everyone to know them. Why don’t I do the same with Jesus? He is my best friend. I commit to trying harder. Thanks Beka.

Laura O'Neill (@LauraOinAK)
I think that sometimes we don’t understand the idea of being fishers of men. We are not all called to preach from the corner, but rather let our lives reflect Christ’s teachings. At times, it might mean talking about what we believe and why. Yet, I think sometimes people are more drawn to people without words being spoken. I think it was St. Francis of Assisi who has the quote “Preach the Gospel. If necessary, use words.” attributed to him. I’ve taken that to heart. Yes, I teach my children the faith, but I do not go out into the… Read more »
tara8910

I wish more people shared your urgency. I am not good at this either, but I have been convicted lately. Two different groups I am part of are working on this concept!

christa sterken

Whoowheee girl~ This is a powerful testimony! You convicted me, in a gently loving way, to join you

Naomi
This is… life changing. Seriously. The excuses stop now. So grateful for BHGB and the share thread! Thank you for writing this. God was stirring this same thing in my heart this week, as our pastor was sharing the statistics of how many people die each day… and how a GENEROUS estimate is 33% know Jesus… which means approximately 100,000 people world-wide die each day without knowing our Savior. We have to let it break our hearts because it breaks His! My husband and I met in St. Louis, where we interned at an inner city ministry. We did street… Read more »
eliciajohnson

Sometimes I think it’s difficult to speak because we don’t know the person well enough to show them how Jesus is the God they need. It’s so much easier for Jesus conversation to come up naturally, not make us nervous and for us to care when we are truly close to those who need him. So hard to do in our culture today! Thank you for posting!

Jennifer
I honestly have struggled with why I haven’t led a lot of people to Christ, but don’t come in contact with a ton of non-believers in my daily life. I do share Jesus with everyone I’m around, but the next step of trying to lead people to the Lord is often the hard part. I hate to be rejected or am afraid I’ll do it wrong and push someone away from Christ. I am working on how to make sure I can speak into someone’s life in a grace-filled way that draws people to Him. And accept that sometimes, I’ll… Read more »
Hi I'm Ashley!

This is so honest and helpful! I feel the exact same way and really want to change it as well! Thank you for writing this <3

Steven Goodwin

I think a lot of us as Christians deal with this. We are embarrassed because it’s such an emotional part of our lives and the world says it’s all about me, individuality and that we have a right to be happy….

I think you nailed it though. I find myself not talking to others that I should about Jesus and although I try to share my faith when I’m comfortable, if I was on fire, I’d be doing it all the time as a top priority! Thanks for the reminder and the transparency!

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