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Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Are Afraid of Rejection

Rejection

Written By: Dr. Angel

Welcome to Part 6 of our current blog series; "Evangelism". Click here for Part 5, "Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Don't Know The Word of God".

Do you regularly share your faith? If not, what excuses or obstacles are hindering you from doing so? Are you afraid of rejection? Are you trying to avoid being asked questions that you may not feel equipped to answer? These are the next two hindrances we will discuss in this blog series. Do either of these obstacles resonate with you?

2. We are afraid of rejection. This the second reason we do not evangelize.

Romans 1:16 (NKJV) – "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek."

Have you ever been in a situation with an individual or among a crowd of people and the Holy Spirit began speaking to you? Perhaps, He told you to do something specific, quote a particular verse, prophesy to someone, or pray but in that moment you did not comply? Prior to being in that situation, your intentions were to obey the voice of God anytime, all the time, anywhere, and everywhere.

However, the fear of rejection by man caused you to ignore the prompting of the Holy Spirit when around a certain individual or crowd. Perhaps it seemed more comfortable to blend in with the status quo and avoid man's potential rejection. Until that moment, you were unaware of your propensity to ignore the promptings of the Holy Spirit, and your fear of rejection prevailed.

Galatians 1:10 (ESV) – “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

1 Thessalonians 5: 19 -22 (NASB) –“Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.”

Peter had a similar experience. I believe that Peter truly believed that He would proclaim his allegiance to Christ anytime, all the time, anywhere, and everywhere. A few hours before Jesus was arrested, Peter even spoke boldly of his dedication to the Lord.

Matthew 26:35 (ESV) – “Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you!” And all the disciples said the same.”

Matthew 26:24 (NLT) Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, Peter--this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me."

However, just as Jesus prophesied, Peter denied his allegiance to Him three times, that same night. Peter was unaware of the darkness that was still hidden in his heart. He was afraid of rejection. The high priests and the masses all had rejected Jesus and accused him of blasphemy. Peter feared that he too would be rejected if he admitted his allegiance to Christ. Instead of proclaiming his relationship with Christ, he swore and denied all associations. Peter’s heart had failed him at a crucial time and he wept bitterly at this realization. Until that moment, Peter was completely unaware of his propensity to deny Christ. Have you ever experienced this?

Matthew 29:69-75 – “Meanwhile, Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant girl came over and said to him, “You were one of those with Jesus the Galilean.” But Peter denied it in front of everyone. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said. Later, out by the gate, another servant girl noticed him and said to those standing around, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth. Again Peter denied it, this time with an oath. “I don’t even know the man,” he said. A little later some of the other bystanders came over to Peter and said, “You must be one of them; we can tell by your Galilean accent.” Peter swore, “A curse on me if I’m lying—I don’t know the man!” And immediately the rooster crowed. Suddenly, Jesus’ words flashed through Peter’s mind: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.” And he went away, weeping bitterly.”

Like Peter, have you ever been shocked by the hidden darkness that was in your heart? "Where did that come from? How did that get there? You were puzzled by your weakness. Jesus knew the depths of Peter’s heart. Jesus also knows the depths of all of our hearts today, yet He still loves us deeply. All the more reason to reciprocate His love by telling others about your love for Him. Today, choose the approval of God over the approval of man and evangelize!

1 Samuel 16:7 (NLT) – “But the LORD said to Samuel, "Don't judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The LORD doesn't see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."

Jeremiah 17:9-10 (NLT) – “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? But I, the LORD, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve."

Do not allow the fear of rejection to hinder you any longer from evangelizing. Be bold and do not shrink back from the opportunity to share the good news with those around you. Declare today; "I am not ashamed of The Gospel!" Get ready! Tomorrow, we will discuss the third reason we do not evangelize.

Romans 1:16 (NKJV) – “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek."

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