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Be Like…Canada Geese?

by | Aug 6, 2021 | Focus, Great Commission, Witnessing

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.” (Matthew 28:19-20a NLT)

It was Jesus’ last command to us, also known as the “Great Commission”. We aren’t to keep our good news to ourselves, we are to share it!

And why not? If we’ve received any other type of good news, don’t we share it immediately, without even giving a second thought?

Yet so many of us are hesitant to share the gospel…

I don’t know about you, but I have many reasons why sharing the gospel isn’t my first “go-to”.

The first is “lack” of opportunity. Because people don’t come up to me asking to know about the gospel, I figure there isn’t any opportunity to share…

How wrong this mind-set is! Those who need the gospel often don’t even realize it is Jesus they need. Any why should they come to me? I hope my life portrays a good reflection of Jesus, but I’m human! I have my moments when my actions are less than Jesus-like…

When I think about it honestly, I realize that I interact with lost people on a daily basis. No, there is no true lack of opportunity. There is, rather, a lack of motivation…

Wait. Lack of motivation? But I pray on a daily basis that God will open the doors for sharing the gospel! Doesn’t that indicate motivation?

But as I dig deeper into this issue, I realize there is far more involved here. I realize that my hesitancy is also rooted in priorities. I have my own agenda to follow… Why do I need to follow God’s?

How absurd that must sound to you. And it sounds doubly absurd to me as I put it down on paper! Isn’t God’s agenda the one that will bring the most peace of mind and happiness? Isn’t it when I follow God’s lead that I am blessed?

Another of my “reasons” is that I am afraid I might misrepresent God, that I might say or do the wrong things, and, as I reason my way out of these situations, I conclude that it is better to keep quiet than to lead someone away from God…

Okay, that must also sound absurd to you, because it sounds VERY absurd to me! Doesn’t the Bible tells us not to worry about what we will say? “…don’t worry about how to respond or what to say. God will give you the right words at the right time.” (Matthew 10:19b NLT)…

Okay, now all my “reasons” have been dealt with…What then is the true reason I hesitate?

If I am to be perfectly honest, the answer is that I am afraid of what people with think of me, that they will write me off as some “Jesus freak”. I am afraid my friendship with them be cut off, thus closing the door forever on being able to minister to them.

Suddenly, the real root of my hesitancy to follow the Great Commission comes into light: Fear of rejection! I am too worried about what other people might think of me! Yikes! Rather than loving people enough to want them to find the Lord, I am more worried about preserving my self-image!

I was down at Dufferin Islands the other day. This small group of islands off the Niagara River, just upstream from the mighty Niagara Falls, is a favorite for Canada geese, and as my husband and I ate a simple lunch on one of the many benches at the water’s edge, my attention was drawn to these birds…

Though considered pests by many, I enjoy watching Canada geese. I find their particular mix of black, white and brown striking. I noticed, however, that most of these geese weren’t exactly showing their better side. Rather, the majority of them had their heads down in the water grazing on the shallow river bottom. They looked pretty funny with only their back ends pointing directly up to the sky!

It was one of those God-moments for sure. I was suddenly overwhelmed by the fact that those geese didn’t care how funny they looked. Rather, their primary goal of feeding on the river bottom was their only concern. And rightly so! If they worried too much about their appearance, they would go hungry!

The laughter died on my lips then, and instead of mocking them I found myself admiring them — admiring their lack of worry about how they looked to others, admiring their focus on the one thing that was really important in their lives…

If only we, as Christians, could take some lessons from that gaggle of Canada geese… If only we would put our emphasis on receiving spiritual food by focusing on Jesus, the One true priority. If we did, then we would stop caring what people think. Instead, we would become willing tools in the hands of the Master, and there would be no hesitancy whatsoever in our hearts to fulfill the great commission.

Dear Lord, help me to stop worrying about what people will think. Help me to put my focus on You and Your desires so that I can be an effective witness to everyone You put in my path! Lord, help me to be like — Canada geese!

In His love,
Lyn

Lynona Gordon Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two adult boys, Author — “Aboard God’s Train — A Journey With God Through the Valley of Cancer”, Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet newsletter, Scriptural Nuggets, a website devoted to Christian devotionals and inspirational poems, The Illustrator, a four-times-a-week internet newsletter, and the Sermon Illustrator website, all with Answers2Prayer Ministries. 

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