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Miranda Writes: What to Do When You’re Not Sure How to Share Your Faith, Part 1




by Omar Miranda



This week I want to talk about the second-most-important thing we’re supposed to do while we’re on this earth: evangelism! By the way, the first thing is to accept, know, and love Jesus more and more every day. If we do that, then naturally we’ll want to share His love with others . . . right?

Not necessarily so. I want to tell you an interesting and funny Bible story about one of my heroes—Moses. There are a lot of great things we can learn from this story concerning our own relationship with God and the lame excuses we give God when we don’t accept our responsibility to share His good news. I understand that many of us may not do it because we feel ill-equipped, may fear rejection, or are not sure how to do it. But how are we to respond when we don’t want to share God’s good news of salvation? What does that say about us? What does that say about our heart and ultimately our relationship to our God?

Before we jump into the story, let’s review who Moses was and get some background info on what was going on. Moses’ life was divided neatly into three separate 40-year periods. During the first 40 years, Moses was in Egypt learning to be Moses and realizing that he was a Jew; during the second 40 years, Moses was in the desert unlearning how to be Moses and learning how to obey God; during the third 40-year period, Moses was busy leading God’s people out of slavery, wandering in the desert, and teaching them how to obey God.

Moses was the adopted son of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt and the ruler of a large part of the world. He was a Jew by birth, and God placed him in Egypt to get the best upbringing and education that anybody could have. To make a long story short, Moses realized that he was a Jew (and Jews were slaves in Egypt), murdered another Egyptian, got busted, became a criminal, and took off from Egypt into the desert, fearing for his life. Moses eventually got married, had a bunch of kids, and settled down to tend his father-in-law’s herd of sheep. Little did he know how much his sheepherding skills would come in handy when leading all those people through the desert for 40 years! This is where we pick up the story:

“One day, Moses was taking care of the sheep and goats of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian, and Moses decided to lead them across the desert to Sinai, the holy mountain. There an angel of the Lord appeared to him from a burning bush. Moses saw that the bush was on fire, but it was not burning up. ‘This is strange!’ he said to himself. ‘I’ll go over and see why the bush isn’t burning up.’ When the Lord saw Moses coming near the bush, he called him by name, and Moses answered, ‘Here I am.’

“God replied, ‘Don’t come any closer. Take off your sandals—the ground where you are standing is holy. I am the God who was worshiped by your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.’

“Moses was afraid to look at God, and so he hid his face.

“The Lord said:

“I have seen how my people are suffering as slaves in Egypt, and I have heard them beg for my help because of the way they are being mistreated. I feel sorry for them, and I have come down to rescue them from the Egyptians.

“I will bring my people out of Egypt into a country where there is good land, rich with milk and honey. I will give them the land where the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites now live. My people have begged for my help, and I have seen how cruel the Egyptians are to them. Now go to the king! I am sending you to lead my people out of his country.

“But Moses said, ‘Who am I to go to the king and lead your people out of Egypt?’

“God replied, ‘I will be with you. And you will know that I am the one who sent you, when you worship me on this mountain after you have led my people out of Egypt.’ Moses answered, ‘I will tell the people of Israel that the God their ancestors worshiped has sent me to them. But what should I say, if they ask me your name?’

“God said to Moses:

I am the eternal God. So tell them that the Lord, whose name is ‘I Am,’ has sent you. This is my name forever, and it is the name that people must use from now on” (Exodus 3:1-15, CEV).*

I want us to understand three larger points that will serve as the foundation for all that we will discuss:

1. God wants us to share the gospel with as many people as we can in as many ways as we can! Jesus, right before He took the Holy Express Elevator to heaven, clearly gave His disciples—and by extension us—an assignment. “Jesus came to them and said: ‘I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth! Go to the people of all nations and make them my disciples. Baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to do everything I have told you. I will be with you always, even until the end of the world’” (Matthew 28:18-20, CEV).

2. God will never leave us or forsake us. See Matthew 28:20 above.

3. There is no “plan B” for the spreading of the gospel, aka good news. We’re it! Each one of us has the responsibility to share God’s love and salvation with as many people as we can. Second Corinthians 5:18-20 (NIV) puts it like this: “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.”† As I read through this passage of Scripture, I realized two really important things:

1. God Himself heard the cries of the people in bondage to slavery. Now, you don’t have to have your fancy-schmancy doctoral degree from a seminary to make the connection between the literal land of Egypt and the figurative land of sin. I find it interesting that God told Moses in Exodus 3:7-9 that He not only had heard the people in slavery crying but was concerned about their suffering. I have just one question based upon that observation: Are you and I concerned about the suffering of the people around us? Do we hear the crying of our family and friends who may be stuck in their own spiritual Egypt and plea for help from the slavery of sin? Are we concerned? Do we care? If so, what are we doing about it? If we don’t, does it bother us that it doesn’t bother us?

2. There’s an important distinction that God makes here, and it’s found in Exodus 3:10: “So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt” (NIV). Did you catch that? In verses 7-9 of Exodus 3 God clearly states that He will set His people free, but then in verse 10 He flips the script and tells Moses, “I will set the slaves free through you!”

Next week we’ll take a look at Moses’ excuses, God’s responses, and what we can learn from them.

Until next time, remember these things: God’s way is always the best way. Life is full of decisions, so make yours good ones. Put God first in your life, and you can’t go wrong.

Feel free to contact me: you can e-mail me at omarmiranda@earthlink.net; or you can keep up with me on Facebook; or you can read more of my stuff on Miranda Writes, at www.insightmagazine.org; or you can check me out or send me a message at my Web site, thriveatlife.org; or you can reach me via snail mail (slow!) at the address printed below.

In Christ,
Omar Miranda, certified Christian counselor
Abundant Life Ministries
155 Earl Street
Plainville, GA 30733
Phone: 770-354-2912

* Scripture quotations identified CEV are from the Contemporary English Version. Copyright © American Bible Society 1991, 1995. Used by permission.
† Verses marked NIV are from The Holy Bible, New International Version. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Omar Miranda is a Christian counselor with 20 years’ experience working with youth in public and private middle and high schools. He’s married and has two kids. He enjoys teaching the youth at his church, reading, writing, gardening, and camping. He’s a recovering knucklehead who spent a lot of time in the past doing stupid stuff away from God. He’s been back with God for years now and is eager to share what he’s learned from his experiences by answering any questions you may have about life, the Christian life, Jesus, spiritual matters, and relationships in his column, Miranda Writes.





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