The fear of rejection can stop the fun of rejoicing. When I was in my late teens and early twenties I was terrified of romantic rejection. I was so scared of hearing young women say, “No” that I didn’t ask them for a date. That avoided the rejection, but it also voided the potential joy of a “Yes.”
For many of us, the fear of Gospel rejection stops the fun of Gospel rejoicing. We’re so afraid of people saying “No” to the Gospel, that we don’t even give them the chance to say “Yes.” In doing so, we not only damn them but we dam up the huge reservoir of potential joy in seeing people come to faith.
So, how can we overcome the fear of Gospel rejection? Let’s see how Jesus helped his disciples do this in Luke 10:1-24.