That was the title of the latest family devotional night we had. The lesson had the family participate in a pillow fight and the teaching was that sometimes doing what is right can be a fight. I assure you that we clarified that this did not mean a physical fight! We asked the kids to name some things that they know are wrong and what are some things they are tempted to do. Leslie’s (my 4 year old) response was perfection by the way: I want to put my scooter in the fireplace but I know God doesn’t want me to do that. Mentally noted to pay attention to that! Hah. It ended with all of us reading Matthew 4:1-11 that talks about Jesus being tempted 3 times, but that each time he chose to do what was right by referencing God’s Word.
My husband and I then talked to them about something else that although right is often hard to do. It’s the feeling of embarrassment or awkwardness when wanting to talk about our faith in Jesus Christ. I recalled a moment when a mom suggested we have coffee on a day of the week that I usually go to Bible study. Had I had a gym class to attend, or a meeting for work, or a volunteer event to go to I would have, without hesitation, simply explained why that day wasn’t good. However, I completely hesitated – all because I was afraid of what she would think if I told her I had Bible study. We had a get together once and I was wondering whether or not we should lead in prayer before we all ate. Who would we offend? Was it rude? Thank God – literally – for my husband because without any qualms he simply said “We’re praying the way we always do.” He too has shared with me and during our small group studies that too often he held back in his place of work from talking about his faith.
Where does this fearing and/or worrying about what others will think vs what God will think come from if
- Mark 16:15 tell us: And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
- Matthew 28:19-20 tells us: Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you …
This hesitation stems from when we hadn’t yet surrendered to Christ. I remember clearly how we felt about Christians who were quick to talk about Jesus and His word. Our then so called open mind and tolerance seemed to end when it came to these kind of believers. I thought they didn’t have the right balance in life, that they were judgmental, and boring! And so many of my loved ones agreed with me. I’ve learned now that living as a Christian goes against the natural way of living in today’s society so of course then there is hesitation to share His word and Matthew 26:41 reminds us that the flesh is weak! Here we are almost 2 years into our walk with Christ, dedicated to living a spirit lived life stripping away of any self absorbent motivation and yet all that crossed our minds is what others would think. For too long we were not fighting to do what was right – speaking freely and sharing with enthusiasm about His word.
- Luke 9:26 tells us: For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.
- Luke 6:46 tells us: Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?
Only two people have asked me and my husband (on separate occasions) specifically what happened that led to some major decisions in our lives, or how we’re able to feel the way we do now and how we live the way we do now – at peace, humbly, and on fire for Jesus and Him alone.
1 Peter 3:15 tells us: But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give a defense to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.
And that is simply and exactly what we did and will always do – whether someone asks specifically or whether it’s an opportunity to make reference to His word. Here’s to always ‘fighting’ to do right by Him.