In trying to understand myself, the shades of insecurity are readily observable. While I appear to some to be strongly secure, that is not the case, and I struggle with many of those befuddling moments to indicate confidence. If it were possible, I guess I would never have chosen the ministry; I would have stayed in carpentry, which I poke around in these later years.
One of my greatest struggles over the years has been to have a “holy boldness” as the Apostle Paul stressed in Romans 1:16, 17. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation in everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘But the righteous man shall live by FAITH!’”
When approaching someone I have just met, I struggle with the proper approach to speak of spiritual things. I have utilized my confidence in God and launched into the moment that things seem to be appropriate only to have questions of my approach challenged later…not by others, but by dear old Ted. I recognize that some people need the facts projected to them in “holy boldness”, but I so want them to see the concern that lingers in my heart for their faith in Jesus. I would want no one to think that I am endeavoring to take over the work of God, the Holy Spirit, in bringing them to a personal faith in Jesus Christ, as the only one to worship, the Savior of Mankind!
The Apostle Paul wrote the words of that verse, (Romans 1:16) when in prison suffering, thus because he had finally turned from persecuting the church to building the church through the ministry of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
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