It sounds like a large number. If you work at a job where you work from a desk, 10,000 steps can seem rather daunting. It takes intentionality to be on your feet and walking for about 100 minutes per day. Some people have no trouble taking 10,000 steps because they’re on their feet a lot, they run for exercise, or they just have a lot of energy and are glad to be on the move.
That sounds very doable. It’s just a short movement not even across the room. But the movement across the room to talk to someone about Jesus might make 10,000 steps feel like a simple task.
Our perspective on how hard it is to go a certain distance depends upon the task. Often, our anticipation of sharing our faith can feel like walking 10,000 steps, especially when we don’t quite know how to start. I know that feeling because it has been my experience.
However, the Lord has surprised me many times. I’ve asked God for boldness like the disciples in Acts 4. I’ve felt my nerves rise up when the opportunity has come. And I have had to learn to take that one step of faith.
When I was younger, my pastor encouraged me to trust that God would meet me with boldness and courage at the moment I stepped out in faith. He shared the story of how some land expeditions to the South Pole were aided by pre-arranged supply drops from an aircraft. The explorers had to press forward to the drop destination to enjoy the provisions. In the same way, God’s provision of boldness comes at the moment when we have to share our faith and the good news of Jesus. As my grandmother is fond of saying, “God is never early, but he’s never late.”
As you pray for your five friends, as you take the message of good news and become familiar with it, expect God to meet you in the moment. His grace to empower you will meet you when you open your mouth. Jesus told his disciples, “Do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit” (Mark 13:11b).
God will meet you with boldness! He will give you strength! In the moment of obedience, you may feel weak and nervous. But the power he gives comes in those moments as we testify to Jesus as the Saviour for sinners!
Taking one step with you,
Missional Action Plan: Ask someone who has shared their faith how the Lord met them in the moment of witness. Listen to what they have learned and be encouraged that God will meet you in the simple step of obedience.
Missional Action Prayer: “Lord, you can do all things because you are the creator of heaven and earth. Would you fill me with boldness when I open my mouth to talk about Jesus? Amen.”
As we gather for Sunday worship, we want you to meet with God and be transformed by the Word. Prepare your heart by reading the passage and listening to the songs for Sunday.