My son, Sam, plays lacrosse for his school. He had never played lacrosse until he entered 9th grade last fall. He started in the fall season and loved it. He played spring lacrosse and even the summer league.
Last week he was contacted by a staff member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and asked if he would help them with their elementary Power Camp this week. They wanted him to come and teach the students lacrosse. He was honest and told them he had only been playing one year, but he would be willing to share all he knew with the kids.
He has had 5 kids in his group and been able to teach them the basic skills of lacrosse and even given them the chance to shoot on him in the goal. They’ve been having a blast this week.
As believers, we tend to shy away from sharing what we know with non-believers or new believers. We get caught up in the trap of thinking we have to have the skills and experience of Billy Graham or Beth Moore to share with someone.
God uses all who are willing to do the work of the Kingdom. We don’t have to know everything to be of use to Him. We simply have to be willing. A willing heart is what Isaiah brought to the Lord when He raised His hand and said “Here am I. Send me!” [Isaiah 6:8]
You’ve heard it said before, the Lord doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called. Hebrews 13:20-21 tells us the Lord will equip us with what we need for the task before us. All we need is a leap of faith and the Lord will supply the rest. Hebrews 11:1says “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” We may not see or feel like we have what we need, but when we trust in the Lord completely, He will direct us [Proverbs 3:5-6].
One common fear is “What if they ask me something I don’t know?” If you reach out to enough people, it happens. I have found it actually comforts others when they learn I don’t have all the answers… that I still have to search out the Word and go to the Lord in prayer for guidance and direction. You see you are sharing the Truth even with your lack of knowledge. You are demonstrating you don’t have to have all the answers before you come to Jesus but through an intimate relationship with Him, He will guide you to the answers.
The Lord tells us over and over to “fear not” because He will be with us. The first step is always the hardest, dear friends. Do not allow fear to hold you back from the many blessings that follow an obedient heart. There is a world of lost and hurting people out there and they need you. They may never attend a Beth Moore conference or a Billy Graham crusade. They are in the Bible study at your church, PTSA meeting at your child’s school, in your office, across the street, or possibly in your own home. They need you to share what you know with them. Are you willing? Is your hand raised?