Locked in

This is what we heard today in worship: “When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week and the doors of the house where the disciples met were locked for fear of the authorities, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you…As the Father has sent me, so I send you.'”

So what locks us followers of Jesus in? What keeps us from telling others about our faith? I think of a few things like apathy, too busy to have significant conversations, feeling like we are unforgiven, thinking we don’t know enough to share the good news about Jesus Christ in the first place, not wanting others to think we are religious fanatics. I am sure there are many more “locked rooms.” Am I right in thinking that too often our faith just stays in the church sanctuary and doesn’t lead outside?

Now pastors like me are very locked into the goings on in the congregation: committees, administration, sermon prep, etc. But I am going to start praying that God will give me (and us ) the opportunity to share about Jesus Christ to those who are searching and don’t know Jesus yet. It is a no-brainer that this is what I should be doing. On Sunday morning I am mostly preaching to the “faithful”. But what locked room will I have to step out of in order to have that opportunity of saying the good news to those who haven’t heard?

What do you think? What kind of locked rooms do you find yourself in? When have you been in conversations with people who are skeptical about faith in Christ?