Girl to Girl Talk: How Can I Get Over Anxiety and Share the Gospel?
Written by Christi Given | March 27, 2016
Every week, I go through the “Girl Talk” section of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and counsel. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian life and walk of faith! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions.
Recently, a PI Girl asked about witnessing and how she can start doing this since Jesus commands us to share the good news with others. She asked us on the Girl Talk forum here.
“…Something that has really been in my heart lately is witnessing. I’ve never done it before and I’m super awkward and I have social anxiety. But I need to get over it and start sharing the Gospel. Jesus said to go share the Gospel, and He also said if we love Him, we’ll keep His commandments. I’m homeschooled so I don’t really get a chance to share the Gospel much. So I was thinking on my birthday I could go to the mall and try to witness to some people. What do y’all think? Any advice?”
Witnessing to others can seem very overwhelming or even embarrassing at times, but the truth is, God has called us and invited us to partake in the GREAT commission. I think of this as a “co-mission,” in that we get the honor and privilege of partnering with God to help win souls for Christ and for the sake of the Gospel. God doesn’t need us, but He wants us to see His glory and to be on this amazing adventure with Him.
Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:16-20)
This isn’t easy to do on our own strength, which is why we need to go out in twos (Jesus always sent people out two by two), and we especially need the power of the Holy Spirit.
After this, the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. (Luke 10:1)
Some advice regarding witnessing alone is: Don’t go alone. Next, make sure your parent or guardian is with you, and preferably a youth leader. Then, I would recommend praying and asking God to take away any nervousness and anxiety. One way to alleviate any embarrassment, worry or fear is to realize it is not about you, but about the salvation of others. That usually helps me when I have to speak to a classroom or youth group (I personally remind myself of this and it helps). Remember, Moses was nervous to speak to the Pharaoh, but what did God say? He said HE would be with Moses and that He would give him the words to say. We need to trust, obey God and listen to His voice.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)
Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” (Exodus 4:10-12)
We can witness to people and we should, as we are the messengers, but remember, even Jesus was rejected (Luke 4:14-30). Remember not everyone will receive the Gospel, but that is okay. You do your part and someone may come along and water the seeds you planted and then the LORD gives the increase by His Holy Spirit. Keep doing the work of the Lord, and I commend this PI Girl for even wanting to go and witness. Just make sure you are in a safe place and listen to the Lord’s voice.
I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. (1 Corinthians 3:6)
How to Overcome Fear of Witnessing the Gospel to Others
1. Pray against anxiety and fear: Will you obey God’s voice per situation or bow down to fear? Read Philippians 4:6.
2. Make sure to go with someone and follow the spirit: Jesus always sent out witnesses two by two. There is power and it is better to have more than one believer, amen? Read Luke 10:1.
3. Jesus is with you: God will give you the words. Remember He gave them to Moses and other people in the Bible and He will for you, too! Believe! Read Exodus 4:10-12.
4. Ask God for peace: Walk in peace and do not let the enemy rob your joy if someone rejects the Gospel. Remember you are planting seeds and GOD gives the INCREASE.
5. If people reject the Gospel, keep moving: Even Jesus had to shake the dust off his feet and keep moving. The Son of God was persecuted in his own hometown. Keep going. Read Luke 4:14-30.
I am praying for you, PI Girls! Comment below for any more questions pertaining to evangelism and witnessing.