God gave us a command – to make disciples, not just in the campus, but around the world. Empowering, yes. But the command sounds hard and even impossible to do when it seems like you’re the only Christian in your campus.

Back in 9th grade, I doubted my ability to preach the gospel. I didn’t know any other Christians in my class (or in school, for that matter). I was very afraid of rejection. I worried that my classmates would think that I was weird, tell me things like “Banal naman nito!” (You are too religious!), or even just laugh at me. All of which I really disliked.

There were times when my friend would share some of her problems to me. I thought, “This is the perfect time to share the gospel!” Yet, I did not. Why? I was shy. So I just gave her some practical advice.

But deep down inside, I regretted not sharing the Word. I regretted not telling her that the only cure to her problem is the gospel. God gave me opportunities like this to preach His Word, but I didn’t do anything with htem. That was the time I asked myself, “What is the problem with me? What was hindering me from sharing the gospel?” Pretty soon, I realized what it was.

Fear. I was shy because I was afraid to be rejected. Fear had covered my heart and mind from speaking the gospel and share the truth. I became silent. If you can relate with my story, you’ve probably felt this way before. You’ve probably allowed fear to stop you from sharing the gospel to your classmates in the past. For those who have experienced what I have, the story of Elijah in the Bible would surely encourage you.

Now Elijah was the only prophet of the Lord who was left in all of Israel. God wanted Elijah to make the Israelites come back to God, because the Israelites had turned their back on the Lord and served other gods like Baal. The Lord gave Elijah a mission – to challenge an evil king and idol worship (You can read the whole story on 1 Kings 18:16-46).

It was extremely tough for Elijah. He faced death threats and persecution at that time. To fulfill his mission, Elijah made a condition with the 450 prophets of Baal in Mount Carmel:

 

Then Elijah said to them, “I am the only one of the Lord’s prophets left, but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets. 23 Get two bulls for us. Let Baal’s prophets choose one for them, and let them cut it into pieces and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. 24 Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The god who answers by fire—he is God.”

1 Kings 18:22-24

 

The people agreed. The prophets of Baal went first. They sacrificed the bull and called out Baal, but Baal did not respond. They tried many times from morning until midday, but nothing happened.

Finally, it was Elijah’s turn to do the sacrifice. After the preparation, Elijah ordered the people to fill four jars with water and pour it on the burnt offering and the wood. He asked that they do this not only once but three times!

Then Elijah prayed to the Lord: “Answer me, O Lord, answer me, that this people may know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back.” (v. 37) Immediately after Elijah’s prayer, the fire of the Lord fell, and burned up the sacrifices. At this, the people were stunned and cried out, confessing that the Lord is the real God. The Lord did not turn Elijah down. Instead, He helped Elijah so that the people would believe in Him.

Elijah may have been the only prophet left, but he was not alone. He was not afraid to challenge the people because he knew that God was with him. It was not Elijah who had the true power; it was God in him who displayed true power.

The God who protected and guided Elijah is also the same God who is with you right now. Don’t let fear stop you from preaching the gospel. Remember that you already have the victory, because you are a child of God. God is always at your back, protecting and loving you.

Elijah didn’t know if the people’s heart would turn to God. But what he knew was that God was on His side. Don’t think about the results. Instead, have faith in God and boldly preach the gospel.

My own experience of preaching the gospel

I would like to share you one of my experiences in preaching the gospel in my school, which has a population of mostly non-Christians. One time, I felt very passionate about preaching the word of God, so I invited my friends to church. Surprisingly ten of them said yes, which made me extremely happy. We planned our meetup, and I was excited for the big day to come.

The week passed by, and it was already the day of the hangout. Since I was very excited, I woke up early and arrived early to wait for my classmates. After an hour not one of them had arrived, so I decided to check our group chat. I was shocked to see the numerous declines. They gave out different reasons why they couldn’t make it, which made me feel bad because I prepared for them.

But I did not give up. I told myself, don’t worry there will be another Saturday service. So the next Saturday, I invited them again and two said yes. This time, both of them were able to go to the service.

I was nervous, because that was the first time I had successfully invited a classmate, and one of them was an agnostic! But God told me, don’t be afraid; you can do it! After the service, I invited them to our Victory Group. I was happy, because they shared experiences that I’ve never heard of before. While riding the bus home, I was also able to talk to them and preach the gospel. I was very happy that time that I invited them once again and they said yes, saying they would also like to invite some of their friends too next time.

The next day, while going through my Facebook feed, I saw the post of my agnostic friend. It said, “Before, when I woke up in the morning it feels like ahh… It’s another tiring day but right now, when I wake up I feel so blessed by God”.

No matter who it is, a simple invite can bring a great impact to her life. This is why we shouldn’t be afraid to share the gospel of Jesus. If you get rejected, it’s okay. Bounce back on your feet. Ask for comfort and guidance for when you share the gospel again.

Even if it feels like you’re the only Christian on campus, remember that nothing is impossible as long as you are with God. One day, more students will get to know him through you.