When you go, tell them this: ‘God’s kingdom is now very near. Heal the sick. Bring the dead back to life. Heal the people who have leprosy. And force demons out of people. I give you these powers freely, so help others freely.
Matthew 10:7-8 ERV
Now, this is a topic I try to avoid speaking on as I too struggle with sharing my faith with others.
As we all know it can be quite daunting and scary at first, paired up with fear of rejection and lack of confidence. This is often generated from a place of feeling imperfect and incompetent which stops us from standing up and sharing the gospel with others.
If like me you struggle with this concept then you are in the right place. I know it can leave you feeling extremely fearful, hesitant and overwhelmed. For many years, I know I should share my faith but talking to strangers who don’t believe in Christ (or even people I know) often evokes skepticism, fear or anger and these words induce feelings of fear and intimidation in me.
And yes even if you are an extrovert or ambivert. No one likes to come across as being pushy or disliked.
Can I share a quick story with you?
This is a story of a pastor’s daughter who was more than 20 years old and had never shared the gospel with anyone because she was afraid. On the 1st of March 2014, in her quiet time, she felt God strongly speaking to her about being Strong and Courageous. It was at His feet He met her and reminded her He is with her and has given her the spirit of Boldness just as He had given Peter and John in Acts 4:13“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realised that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”
It was on this day, she made a firm decision.
She went out, resolved that fear was not going to hold her back any longer. She believed God’s promise when He said…
He will personally go with her.
That person is me. That year I surrendered all to God knowing that He Himself is with me, not His angels but God, the Father is with me as I stood boldly on the streets evangelising even with doubt. Shared my story on social media platforms knowing that I am imperfectly perfect in the love of Christ. Also, I opened up for the Holy Spirit to lead me to strangers who needed to be reminded that Jesus loves them with simple notes and a smile.
This is what the power of God can do to you. So if you are still reading this (I have a big grin on as I typed this) and have never ever shared your faith story but it is your desire to do so then you are in the right place.
You can breathe now! Relax!
John reminded us in 14:15 ““If you love Me, obey the commandments I have given you – if you love Me, express it by winning souls for Me”
So, with that verse in mind here are some easy, simple steps I consider to be key when sharing your faith with others.
3 Simple Steps in Sharing Your Faith
Prayer is the key,
prayer is the master key.
Jesus started with prayer and ended with prayer. Literally!
Prayer is the key! So when fear creeps in, pray! When you feel that you are not enough or know enough, pray! Or maybe like me, you are not new to this but somehow along the way you’ve lost the passion for lost souls and you’ve lost the boldness you once had, PRAY!
We must learn how to go to God with everything we feel or think. It is important to get the inside out. When we tell God how we feel exactly in return He will speak to us through the His Word, providing us with signs and reassurance that we so are in desperate need of.
Be committed to prayer. The Bible emphasises on hearing as well as speaking. At the place of prayer, we hear from God. This is where we discern what He is saying to us. He will tell us the secret things, His vision. “And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ”Colossians 4:3
Mission and intercession go hand in hand.
Remember, Jesus started all His missions with a prayer and ended always with a prayer too.
A structure is important. Preparation is even more important.
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
― Benjamin Franklin
Even God has a plan! So before stepping out to share the good news of Christ have a plan in place. Have strategies on how to engage. Speak in context of the environment. Maybe you might want to start with things that can draw there attention, “Things they can relate with e.g. weather, etc.” or words like “Can I tell you something that’s giving me Hope?” or “Let me tell you my story.” Just like the blind man who went everywhere telling people about what Jesus had done for him. John 9:25 “One thing I do know, I was blind but now I see!”.
Even though this man didn’t know the bible enough, he was an expert on one topic – his own experience. He was blind and now he could see. We can do the same too. Perhaps, you once felt unloved, unaccepted and rejected before or you struggled with low self-esteem, hate, jealousy, addiction. Whatever it is, your testimony is powerful enough for God to use. Don’t ever think your story is not as powerful or dramatic enough.
Be prepared! You can start by writing 10 things you’re thankful for. Share it on your facebook page or twitter. You can prepare by writing your story down, or record it, or practice in front of a mirror. Whatever works for you.
Get your message across effectively, remember the rule: “Don’t tell, ask!”
For instance: Jesus died on the cross for you. Do you know why He did that? Find out what the person already understands, give your own testimony and stimulate a desire in that person’s heart to say, ” I want that!”
Be creative and aggressive in a gentle way in your approach.
Don’t preach to them. Don’t pressurise them. Listen and share!
The important thing is not what you say but what the other person understands!
Think of how to address challenges; cultural differences. Use existence methods/ resources. Think of how to engage your community. Go into schools, Elderly care homes, provide free breakfast/lunch for the homeless or the less privileged that lives in your town. Invite your unsaved friends to coffee, brunch/dinner.
Evaluate if the method is working or not. Remember, there is always a way. Just go and sow the seed.
First, Be approachable.
We don’t want anyone feeling threatened now do we?
Be relaxed but determined!
Beam in the joy of the Lord. It’s contagious. This is when the seed planting starts. The conversation will usually develop naturally from here. Take an interest in people and you will get their interest!
When you’ve been set free you should want others to know so they too can be free. Why? Because you know this is a person Jesus died for too and loves dearly.
People are in search of more. They want something more than what this present world can offer them and yes we have the answer. The answer which can invade and eradicate every emptiness in people’s lives.
God wants to perform miracles through us in such a way that will blow our minds. He will do that which eyes have never seen nor heard of, ever!
However, we must become bold and give our lives away for the master’s use. God wants to use us as a vessel to bring His Kingdom here on earth.
Share your story, your song is a powerful tool and if you’re not good with words, then use your actions, anything! Just don’t do nothing. Do good! Care and share!
Remember, practice makes perfect.
Be courageous, be led by God’s Holy Spirit. If God is calling you out of your familiar place; maybe to leave everything you know to go out to the unknown. Be brave!
He will make you brave. He is a good Father. He is for you and never against. He is your champion! Like He said, He will go with you PERSONALLY! “So God has given both His promise and His Oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie” Hebrews 6:18
Perseverance and total surrender are needed.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to Him,
and He will make your paths straight.”
– Proverbs 3:5-6
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,
baptising them in the name of the Father and the Son
and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything
I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age”
– Matthew 28:19-20
This is a command. Jesus is not begging or supplicating but simply commissioning every believer to go all over the world to win souls.
Pastor Craig Groeschel in his book the Christian atheist said
When we are open to go wherever the Holy Spirit leads us. He will use us to share the greatest gift of all – eternal life through Christ. And when He does, we may never know on this side of eternity how much of a difference we made, But someday on the other side – we’ll know in full.
Share the Word of God and give your testimony of the beauty of Jesus Christ with the unsaved.
This is the heartbeat of God. He does not have pleasure in the death of a sinner.
Let’s flood the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I love you,