For most of us, talking to someone about their soul is a scary prospect. There are a number of reasons, and they all differ from person to person. Maybe you’re scared because:
You’re afraid of being rejected
You’re a naturally shy person
You don’t feel that you know enough
These are only a few of the reasons but one thing I noticed with all of these is that they all boil down into core problem…courage. In regards to this I’d like to take a look at two contrasting sides of courage. The first is Jonah. In Jonah 1.1-2 we see that:
“Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, "Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me." But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.” (Jonah 1.1-2)
The LORD spoke to Jonah telling him what to do and what did Jonah do? He fled. Ultimately he did go and teach but his initial reacting was to flee. Let’s now look at Joshua. In Joshua 1.1-2 says:
“After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, the LORD said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, "Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel.” (Josh. 1.1-2)
I only posted a portion of the verse here but from verses 1 all the way through 9 we see the LORD commanding Joshua what was to happen and what he was to do. Joshua 1:10 shows us that Joshua trusted in the LORD and courageously went and told his fellow Israelites what was to be done.
What is your courage like? Are you a Jonah or a Joshua? Joshua took no hesitation in commanding and following what is was that the LORD told him to do, Jonah on the other hand fled away. When it comes to the souls of others we don’t have time to run away. Take courage and reach out.