As I sat down to take my first SAT yesterday, there was this section on the form that we had to copy down and sign. It mostly talked about following the test guidelines but the first sentence caught my attention. It started with something like this: “I am taking a step towards my future in college…”
Wow, my future. The thing I can dream of, plan, prepare for. This is an actual step towards that.
It was weird to read and even weirder to realize that that statement was true for me and every other kid in my room, in my test center, across the country. Here I am, still a little kid blowing dandelion fuzz in my mind, but in reality I’m calling colleges and taking tests and entering my junior year in highschool soon. It makes me realize how little time we really have.
We’ve been blessed and entrusted with this earthly lifetime to glorify God and expand His kingdom. Maybe it sounds cliche but life is going by so fast. So so fast. Sometimes days might seem like they never end but weeks, months, years? It’s hard to keep track of their passing.
And as time goes on I’m still the same timid person who justifies my lack of bold faith by making excuses. Instead of witnessing to a friend I’d rather play it safe and defend myself by claiming I’m protecting the friendship. But what use is a temporary friendship if that friend spends eternity in hell separated from God?
We hold such good news, and yet we withhold it from those who need it the most for fear of what, rejection? Persecution? Being mocked? Jesus Christ suffered through all of that more than we can imagine when He lived and died for us, and yet we hold our own comfort up as more important than that sacrifice when we dismiss our calling as witnesses to the truth. “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first” (John 15:18).
Persecution is a given when you become a Christian, if you aren’t being persecuted in some way then you might need to reevaluate if you’re surrendering to the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit or if you’re missing saving faith altogether. This may sound blunt but the Bible is very clear that even those who have the basic desire to be Christlike will be persecuted, “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12).
Plus, the Bible even promotes persecution as a blessing because of how it sanctifies you.”Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man” (Luke 6:22). Verse after verse describe how persecution is actually a tool for sanctification because of God’s promise in Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” and because of the Holy Spirit’s work within us.
The point is that we have such a short time to do the work that we were created to do and there is no excuse for being timid. Trust me, I’m telling this to myself just as much (if not more) then I am to all of you, but it’s hard to shut up the lies that place reluctance and fear in my mind. God has blessed us with the opportunity to glorify Him and the assurance that persecution will bring sanctification on earth and rewards in heaven so there is no reason to keep the gospel truth to yourself.
Be bold! There’s no reason not to.