I’ve loved the livestreams these last few weeks as we have encouraged folks to send in their videos of them dad dancing, with the hope that we make it to 10 videos so we can take Donald up on his promise that if we get 10 he’ll film himself dad dancing for us. I can’t wait for that!
I suspect lots of us are up for seeing Donald dad dance, like we were up for him singing my lighthouse, but we are less up for making a video and sending it in ourselves. We would be embarrassed and worried about what other people think of us and so would rather watch on and hope that something happens without us having to do anything.
Sometimes I think we feel a bit like that about sharing our faith and reaching out to those around us. We really want people to become Christians but are fearful of how we will look if we get involved and start sharing our faith.
When worrying about what people think of me and me not making the most of every opportunity God presents to me, I am always reminded of a song that I loved and was my prayer about 10 years ago. It’s a song that Chris Tomlin wrote called the way I was made and picks up on this idea of being sold out for Jesus and not worrying about how we look or what others will think. Here’s a bit of the chorus.
I want to live my life without worrying about what others will think and last week I again had a dilemma as to whether to speak up or stay silent.
I have the most wonderful neighbours – they are such good friends and are always there to help, to laugh and to enjoy life with. They aren’t yet Christians and they represent one of the knots on my bracelet of people to pray for each day that they become Christians. Last week an ambulance with it’s blue lights flashing stopped outside my house. I went upstairs to look out of the window to see where it was going and it was going to my wonderful neighbours. I immediately started praying and then 5 minutes later sent a message saying just seen the ambulance, I hope all is ok. Please let me know if I can do anything.
10 minutes later I got a message back explaining what was going on and that someone was being taken to hospital for more tests. I then decided to text back that I would be praying for healing, health and peace. The message came back thank you very much. A few hours later, one of them returned from the hospital whilst I was pulling up in my car and we were able to have a chat and to hear the great news that the person had got the all clear and all was well – my neighbours said it was because of your prayers – that’s why this all worked out – thank you. I said it was all God and nothing to do with me.
That was a small opportunity not to worry about my reputation, but to be open to God, listen to his promptings and do the right thing.
Paul says in 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.
Let’s not be ashamed of the gospel, but let’s go for it today and invite God to use, God to prompt us and together in the power of the Holy Spirit to bring his Kingdom into the lives of those we come into contact with.
Also, if you want to do a video of you Dad dancing, please do!