Jesus gave us many commands, but there is no command that is more urgent and more important than the command to “go”. Jesus tells us to, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20).
Today there is a lot of talk about personality types. People are fascinated with the concept of personality testing because it seems to give them an understanding of themselves and others, all based on an interpretation of several questions. If you ask me my Meyer’s Briggs, I can tell you I’m an INFJ. I’m also an Enneagram 4, and my DISC describes me as an “S” personality. While personality tests can be fun, they can also be dangerous. Every one of those screams a people-pleasing introvert.
If we aren’t careful, we can allow personality tests to define us over who Scripture says we are, and occasionally, we can use our personality types as an excuse for not fulfilling our God-given commission. Being an introvert is not an excuse for not sharing the Gospel.
Not only am I an introvert, but I’m an extremely shy introvert. I suffer from severe social anxiety. Small talk for me is a nightmare, which is the opposite of my sister who has this amazing ability to befriend anyone. I’m sure there are several of you reading this who can relate.
How do we get over ourselves, and how do we share the Gospel when it outside of our comfort zone?
Firstly, we must remember we are commanded to share the Gospel; it is not a suggestion. Jesus tells us to “go”. Considering this, as we read further, we see Jesus isn’t commanding us to go without equipping us. Jesus continues to say in verse 28 that “I am with you always until the end of age.”
Next, we must remember we are fearfully and wonderfully made. We are uniquely created, each one with different interests, personalities, and placed in different situations. Scripture tells us we are His “workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10). Did you hear that? We are created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand.
We must stop comparing ourselves to others if we want to share the Gospel effectively. In the past, I would become discouraged because I simply do not have the gift of conversation. I would feel like a failure oftentimes because I couldn’t muster together the words to simply share the Gospel with someone. A gift God has blessed me with, however, is I find it easy to listen to people, and simply listening has opened many doors to bring the Gospel into conversation. Comparison is not only the thief of joy, but it can be a stumbling block as well. Stay prayed up, and be obedient; don’t compare yourself to others. God will use you as He sees fit.
We must finally remember we are not responsible for the result. Isn’t it freeing to know that someone’s salvation doesn’t depend on our words or actions? A conversation you thought went completely haywire may be the very conversation God uses to draw someone to Himself. Note Paul’s words to the Corinthians: “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So, neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth” (1 Corinthians 3:6-7). God simply commands obedience.
Introverts and extroverts alike must be prepared when it comes to sharing the Gospel. Evangelism must be done prayerfully. If we aren’t spending time with the Father in prayer, and if we aren’t spending time in the Word, we will find ourselves unprepared with no confidence when sharing the Gospel. If someone were to ask you to explain the Gospel at this second, would you be able to share the Good News? I’m not talking about “say this prayer and you’re saved” type of presentation, which is very misleading. The true question is are you prepared to share why the Gospel is good news? Is Scripture hidden in our hearts not only that we may not sin against God (Psalm 119:11) but that we may point people to what the scripture says about different situations and questions?
Are we so grounded in the Word that when asked, we can say with confidence Scripture is our authority? People are hungry, and we must be prepared to share the Gospel in a grounded, sound manner. False teachers are relying on people not knowing Scripture, preying on their feelings, making them think they are saved, and leading people away from the truth.
There is an urgency for evangelism. There is an urgency we share the Gospel and the truth that is contained in God’s Word. Sometimes it can be difficult, it can be uncomfortable, and it can be exhausting. We will be rejected, we could be ridiculed, but leave the result to God. Be faithful and continue in faith to “go”.