Overcome Timidity in Christianity
9 May 2018 | By Sheryl Rajesh
For a very long time, I thought of myself as a timid person. It would take me a great deal to raise my hand and ask a question to my teacher in school. You could never see me speak aloud or stand with a bunch of people to share my opinion. I preferred being invisible around people.
I had settled with that. I admired people who were bold and could speak in public, but I had decided it was not for me.
But of course, God had a better and different plan for me!
After I was saved, I found myself receiving many opportunities and encouragement by my Pastors and church members to serve in a position of leading instead of the backstage.
However, for many years I politely turned them down and settled to serve in the background.
During that time, God placed me in a leading position in my office. Ohh! it was literally a dream job for me. Day in and day out I had to stand before not less than 20 people to train them. It has been above 5 years now and it’s safe to say I no longer call myself timid.
In these 5 years, God has been teaching and preparing me in every step of the way.
Read Acts 2… On the day of Pentecost, the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit and broke out in tongues. At that time there were people from many nations around them, some were amazed but some mocked the disciples.
After which followed Peter’s first sermon and three thousand were saved.
Now hold on, let’s understand what all the people thought of Peter & John.
(Acts 4:13) When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.
Yes, Peter was an ordinary fisherman untrained to speak in public. I am sure Peter knew he was not qualified or did not have the knack to attract a huge crowd. We can mostly definitely describe Peter as timid.
Question is did Peter let his timidity overcome his God given assignment?
No, he put God’s assignment before his own insecurities.
I soon realized, time and again by turning down opportunities to serve in a leading position was not an act of humbleness but disobedience and pride. I was holding my timidity higher than God’s assignments for me. Unlike Peter I had missed the opportunity to save souls because I let timidity take over me.
As Christians, we are all called to share the Gospel to every nation. However if we settle to serve in the backstage, by feeding our timidity under the blanket of humility we have got “SERVICE” all wrong.
Service is not doing just as much as we can, but to bend over backwards even when it is uncomfortable.
Peter did three things to overcome timidity.
Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say.(Acts 2:14)
→ He stood up
→ Raised his voice
→ Let the Holy Spirit take over
So next time you get an opportunity to pray or share your testimony in the midst of people, at work, in the train or at lunch time, know that it is God’s assignment for you to serve.
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7)
Have a happy serving week!