Daily Delight

Friday, March 17, 2017

Once I graduated from high school, I stepped outside the Christian bubble that I had been sheltered by all of my life. I started meeting people at my University and in my workplace who did not know God and I was often the only one who did. It took me a while to understand that this difference facilitated a space for powerful opportunities to take place.

Over the last few years, I have come to realize that knowing Jesus and having a relationship with Him is important, but keeping it to yourself has very little impact. This year, I have decided that this is something that I want to change. I am a firm believer that neither your presence nor your absence within the church defines your relationship with God. Rather than solely focus on building and maintaining my current relationships, I want to actively and intentionally seek opportunities to create relationships with people that may not know God yet, so they too can find Jesus.

Personally, I find it easier to talk to strangers about my faith than to my close family or friends who do not share my beliefs. We tend to not only receive more judgement from those who we surround ourselves with on a regular basis, but we also value their opinions so much more. We have always been taught that ‘sharing is caring’, but how come we are so hesitant when it comes to sharing our faith? Paul the Apostle writes, "it's news I'm most proud to proclaim, this extraordinary Message of God’s powerful plan to rescue everyone who trusts him" (Romans 1:16, MSG). We have been called to spread the Good News, not be ashamed of it or keep it to ourselves.

I want to challenge myself this year to stop being satisfied with my current position; stop being comfortable. I want to challenge myself to reach beyond my comfort zone. It takes courage and a whole lot of faith, but if I can conquer that fear, then I am sure that amazing things can and will happen. 

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About the Author

Jessica Shipton≫ ≫ Jessica is a twenty-year old student in her third and final year at the University of Technology Sydney in Australia. She is studying a Bachelor of Communication, completing a double major in Digital & Social Media and Public Communications (Advertising). 

Jessica enjoys traveling and holds a passion for God, people and writing. Her personal blog is where these three things combine to create something special in an attempt to inspire, encourage and bless others. You can find it here!


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