Have you ever been in the position where you had to defend your faith? It can be very uncomfortable, especially when you are dealing with hostility or even jokes about your faith.
A couple of years ago I worked as a preschool teacher. My faith was almost like a joke to one co-worker in particular. She would try to engage me in conversations but I knew it wasn’t out of genuine interest for what I believe. She wanted to find some kink in what I believed. In all honesty, she wanted to get a good laugh.
But there were times when she got mad instead. When she outright asked one day how a person gets to heaven and I told her, she wasn’t very happy with my answer. She already knew what I was going to say, I’m sure…but hearing it seemed to be like a prickle to her senses and she was very uncomfortable.
She would also argue with me about some of my beliefs. I found it disconcerting many a time and there were even moments when I could feel my blood inside boiling. But I knew that in “defending” my faith I wasn’t alone.
It got to a point where I knew I wasn’t going to get anywhere with her. I had planted the seeds, she had heard the truth and now it was up to others to either reap the harvest or continue to plant more seeds. There comes a time when you know you have said all you can say when it comes to defending your faith.
If you are getting to the point where you are frustrated, you are responding in an ungodly manner or you are feeling anger then you should probably put the brakes on. I knew I was getting to that point and I didn’t want to lose my witness, so I chose to change the subject whenever I could.
I had basically said all I could say. I was leaving it up to God. But just because the act of defending my faith had stopped, didn’t mean my prayers for my co-worker stopped. I continued to pray for her. And I trust that God will use all of those seeds planted to one day bring forth a harvest of salvation.