What Will I Say?

One of the greatest fears that we can have in trying to share our faith is that we would not have the right words to say.  We fear saying the wrong things and we fear that we would not have answers to the difficult questions.  As Jesus is sending out His disciples in Matthew 10:19, He says, ” Do not worry about how or what you should speak,  For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak.”
   Some people have taken this verse to mean that when preaching or teaching one can just start talking without any preparation or planning and God will miraculously give the words to the speaker.  But that thought is not consistent with the scriptures that tell us to study to make ourselves approved, to be prepared to answer everyone for the hope that lies within us, (2 Tim. 2:15; 1 Pt. 3:15).
   If you were to read the previous verses in this chapter in Matthew chapter 10:1 you would notice  that the disciples were called to be with Jesus (See also Mk. 3:14).  It is as we spend time with Jesus that we are able to start to understand His perspective, His heart for people, and His manner of dealing with situations.  Then knowing what Jesus would do and how He would speak, we too can minister with confidence.  It is the time spent with Jesus that gives the confidence that is necessary to help us to speak forth what God’s Spirit would be prompting us to share.  Peter and John walked in this confidence of being with Jesus, and others noticed it (read Acts 4:13).
   Spend more time with our Lord, then He will remove our fear and He will give us something to say.