Read: Romans 10:14

Maybe you’ve heard the quote attributed to St. Francis of Assisi at some point in your life: “Preach the gospel at all times and when necessary, use words.”

I don’t think I’d be going out on a limb to say that for most of us, of the five missional practices in B.L.E.S.S., this last one is the most challenging. That’s why I mentioned that quote from St. Francis. There’s another version of it out there that says “Preach the gospel at all times and if necessary, use words.” It’s just one word that changed, but that one word makes a big difference. “If” means a person might never actually have to talk to anybody about God. To have a conversation about God with one of my friends, neighbors or co-workers can be very intimidating. In those cases, “If” is an appealing alternative, leaving the possibility that I won’t actually have to share the story with words. So the difference is significant. The original quote was “Preach the gospel at all times and when necessary, use words.” It was a reminder that the gospel is always proclaimed in word and deed. I think we get so concerned about not coming across as some kind of fanatic that we are silent about the best news and the greatest story we could ever have the privilege of sharing.

Text the Daily: Does the idea of sharing your faith scare you or not?

Journal Question: Ponder this question: are you more concerned about what people think of you, than whether or not they find life in Jesus?

Prayer Starter: Jesus, help me to be bold in sharing the gospel with others.