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Can God give me the strength and courage to go into my community and forge some new relationships for the sake of the Gospel?
Thank you so much for your honest spiritual enquiry.
God can and does use people of all different temperaments and personalities, even those of us who are perhaps more timid by nature. The Bible and history are full of people whom God has used for his glory. The Bible can encourage us when it says to us that God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty (1 Corinthians 1:27).
If it is on your heart to forge new relationships with those who don't yet know Christ, then ask the Lord to open up the right doors for you within your community where you can serve Him. God loves to use people with a "Here am I! Send me" (Isaiah 6:8) attitude.
God has made us unique, and it is therefore important not to compare ourselves with others. The apostle Paul speaks about each believer in the Church being a unique and valuable member of the body of Christ stating that God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. And if they were all one member, where would the body be? (1 Corinthians 12:19-20). Through your personality and your gifts, God will use you to befriend and reach people with the Gospel that others who possess a more forceful personality may not.
Being part of a local body of believers should be a place where we find encouragement, love and support. The writer of Hebrews says and let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching (Hebrews 10:23-25). I hope you are experiencing this at your local church.
To step out in faith and obedience and enter new areas of service often requires us to leave our comfort zones and this can be a fearful thing for some.
However, the Lord Jesus Christ has promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us. As we obey Him, He strengthens our hearts and gives courage and confidence in Him along the way, especially if it is for the sake of the Gospel. In the 'Great Commission' Jesus said "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptising 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; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen. (Matthew 28:18-20)
In summary then: ask God to open up just the right area of service for you; remember, the Lord equips those He sends; God has promised to be with us always and help us in time of need.
Here are some more Bible Verses for your further consideration:
- Isaiah 6:7-9
- Hebrews 4:16
- 2 Corinthians 10:12
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