Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Evangelism: 7 Lies (#4)

The 7 lies and then 7 possibilities were delivered to encourage the Jews for Jesus Summer Campaign volunteers last week.

4. Timidity is incurable.

The lie (expanded) is this: That timidity is incurable, and that you are then locked into a certain attitude as you stand there talking to people in Brooklyn or Times Square or wherever you are. You are timid, and so you cannot (and will not) do things that non-timid people do.

One of the significant people in my faith was shy. In many ways, I think that his gift was was shyness, as was his curse . Shyness made him a brilliant reader and thinker. And more than that -- he was approachable to some because he was shy. At the same time, he often wanted to withdraw and avoid people.

He knew that God had fashioned him that way, and yet he also knew that the devil wanted him to debilitate him with shyness. So he would force himself to have meaningful contact with people for Christ's sake.

In 2 Timothy 1:7, Paul says to Timothy --
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

Pic by Chris&AmyCate


mandy m said...

yes yes yes yes yes!!!!!
i'm soooooooo glad you've put that LIE out there Justin

I think that some people connect their timidity with an over-obsession with the idea of spiritual gifts...honestly i couldn't count the number of times i have talked to people who have tried to detach themselves from the work of evangelism and being a missionary to their culture by saying "well...that isn't really MY gift..."

yep Timothy was probably timid and yet he was told by Paul to do the work of an evangelist

Justin said...

Indeed. There is more coming!