He had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he was speaking and
teaching accurately about Jesus, although he knew only John’s baptism. (Acts 18:25)
How do you view the Gospel? Do you see it as actual good news that should be shared with all people or do you keep it to yourself? In today’s reading we meet Apollos, a man who couldn’t stop proclaiming the Gospel boldly.
Although the Holy Spirit who empowered the apostles in the early days of the church is the same Spirit that dwells with us today in the 21st century, we can often find ourselves having difficulty telling others about the Gospel. Why is this the case?
One of the primary reasons is fear. Fear of rejection, fear of saying the wrong thing, fear of public speaking, etc. Although God has not given us a spirit of fear (2 Tim. 1:7), we worry more about what other people think instead of following the commission Jesus has given us to make disciples from all nations.
We can often forget that it is not our job to save people. We cannot even save ourselves on our own effort! Salvation is a gift from God (Eph. 2:8-9). Since it is ultimately God who draws people to him, we should not put so much pressure on ourselves when it comes to sharing the Gospel. Let us follow Apollos’ example in being fervent in sharing the Gospel because we can trust God that he can take care of the rest.