By Mason Beasley
Have you ever had the chance to talk to someone about your faith and not taken it?
I was in Portugal and it was my second day being away from all of my friends and family and the second day to the greatest opportunity of my life. I woke up at 6 am and went to my little devotional spot overlooking all of Caneles and I had been reading through Romans. I read the verse Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.” This verse stuck with me from that moment on. I didn’t get the full meaning of that verse until later on.
During my stay in Germany I got to hang out with many different Christians at different points in their faith and from different walks of life. And the way they spoke about their faith really brought that verse to the forefront of my mind. They talk about their faith so fluidly and easily and it amazed me the fire they had to speak about their faith. We would be at someone’s house around a fire and we would be talking about random, normal things and then, all a sudden, they would be sharing their testimony with me and, just like that, we would pick up the other conversation. Their faith was such a part of their daily life that they just talk about their faith without even realizing it.
So now, back to Romans 1:16 and what this verse means to me. Seeing how the Germans acted out this verse turned into a challenge for me. I read another verse on my last day in Portugal it was Acts 4:18-20 “Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” These verses combined my mindset took a huge change. If I have the chance to share my faith and I don’t, I was ashamed of my faith in that moment. With all God has done in our lives we should not be able to help but speak about it. This begins with not being ashamed of the Gospel. We should not be ashamed of the power of God and his saving power. So I want to challenge you like I was challenged on my trip:
Share your faith and share the Gospel every chance you get.