Even with these words, they had difficulty keeping the crowd from sacrificing to them. Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowd over. They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead. But after the disciples had gathered around him, he got up and went back into the city. The next day he and Barnabas left for Derbe. Acts 14:18-20 NIV
When we present the Good News to others, how we are received can quickly change. If we speak to more than a couple of people at once, some who feel threatened by the message we present may stir others we are speaking with to turn against us. We should not be surprised if this occurs, as our Lord has forewarned us about facing persecution. This thought, though, must not deter us in our mission for the Lord. He has already won the eternal reward for us. We are now carrying out the work He has given us for the advancement of God’s kingdom. Before sharing the Good News, pray that the Holy Spirit will direct you to speak as you are led. Speak boldly, without fear. The message you have to share is that which the world must hear. God knows the outcome of your efforts. Leave that to Him. Just share as you are directed. You are not alone.