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This verse can be read, sang, and thought of with tremendous ease, but when actually meditated on and put into action its profession seems much more difficult. I would love to say I am unashamed of the gospel of Christ, because I do believe that sitting here right now there is no fear about that profession. But there in lies the problem. I am seated, comfortable and behind a keyboard. Any statement from this position is relatively easy. The true measure of belief in the gospel is ones ability to not only display its impact on their life but to profess it. This stage can prove very difficult for most.
I am one who enjoys situations that are calculated and safe. Approaching strangers with the intent of entering into a somewhat controversial conversation does not necessarily excite me. So having received the challenge to go out onto the streets of Branson to share my faith left me with an anxious feeling. While in college we would offer rides on the weekend nights to those walking home from the bars. During these journeys we would guide the conversation toward the subject of Jesus. I was blessed to see lives changed by the gospel. Nothing in life compares with that excitement of witnessing the Spirit leading someone to truth.
Unfortunately my conversations during my Tuesday morning were not as life giving. Numerous people dodged the questions and some were even rude to just not acknowledge my existence even before Jesus was mentioned. One lady I interacted with was a life long member of a church in northern Arkansas. Despite her time at this church she still seemed very young in her faith without a accurate view of who God really is. During this time “sharing” my faith I was able to focus on the sixteenth verse of Romans and contrast Paul’s profession with my actions. I pray that my life isn’t viewed as being a Christian only for the convictions I follow, but rather for my profession of Jesus through the words I say.