Breaking Barriers

Much of last week’s message had to do with barriers that impede the sharing of the Gospel. We talked about how some of those barriers are put up by the folks we are trying to speak with, but also how we inflict some of them on ourselves.

There are ethnic and cultural divides that can hamper the way the Gospel gets shared with friends and loved ones. There are issues that crop up and allow us to procrastinate or avoid our spiritual responsibilities as salt and light to a fallen world.

There are any number of excuses that center around our own defensive responses. We say things like, “I don’t know enough…” or “How can I handle spiritual things that even I don’t fully understand?”

Sometimes, we are stymied because we fear tough questions and subtle (or not too subtle) forms of ridicule. Other times, it’s just not convenient for us to stop and make a simple presentation of the Good News.

These barriers take a variety of forms, but the end result is the same: we don’t make the effort to push through and give our loved ones the message of the Gospel. The barriers just seem so formidable!

You know, so did the sound barrier in the 1940s. The sound barrier is a term that refers to the increase in drag on a plane (or other vehicle) as it approaches the speed of sound. In dry air, that “wall” is about 767 mph. That speed was thought to be impenetrable, and there were all kinds of theories that postulated what would happen to the human body if someone actually went that fast.

But scientists kept working and realized that, under certain conditions, that barrier could be broken. They adjusted the shape and size of the wings. They used different engines. In 1947, Chuck Yeager showed that someone could indeed fly faster than 767 mph and live to talk about it.

Fifty years later, engineers pushed a land vehicle passed that same barrier. In 2012, a guy jumped out of a helium balloon and fell at 833 mph to break it again and this time, with just a body falling through the sky.

Barriers are like that. They are meant to be broken. We just have to fully understand them. We have to adjust the way we deal with them and we have to just keep going. Persistence pays off.

So, this week, let’s practice pushing through whatever personal barrier is obstructing our ability to bravely and confidently share the incredibly Good News that Jesus came to seek and to save! There may not be a massive “BOOM” as we garner the courage to share, but I will bet that the angels in heaven will jump up and down, rewarding our courageous effort (Luke 15:10)!

Sherry Worel


Sherry Worel is a Bible teacher at heart and lives a life of ministry. She’s been involved at Coast Hills teaching Women’s LIFE, Bible studies, online courses, devotionals, participating in Upstream conversations, and much more. Having a love for education, Sherry has over 50 years of teaching experience with schools, churches, and mission agencies. As well as earning her Master’s at Talbot Seminary, she rounded out her education with 35 years as Head of School at Stoneybrooke Christian School. Sherry is happiest with a book or fishing pole in hand.
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