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3 things to remember when you want to share your faith!

by on January 4, 2014

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“Evangelism is not professional job for a few trained men, but is instead the responsibility of every person who belongs to the company of Jesus” – Elton Trueblood

Sharing your faith (evangelism, witnessing) is something that every follower of Jesus needs to learn. This isn’t something that is a once a month event or even an event in and of itself. Sharing your faith should be a part of your life. It should be a natural part of our Christian lives, just like breathing. Sharing your faith isn’t something you have to be trained for or schooled in. I know sometimes we preachers tend to make it look or seem like we have been selected as God’s only communicators, but that simply is not true. We have all  been called to share our stories of what Jesus has done for us. (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:15) It’s simple, just talk to people you know, tell them how you were before Jesus, what your conversion experience was like, and what God is doing in your life now. Yep….that’s pretty much it. Nothing to it really. Now, don’t get caught up in things like, “I don’t know what to say” or “I don’t know many Bible verses or even any Bible verses” – that really has nothing to do with evangelism. Of course, learning the word of God, and memorizing the word is an integral part of the life of the believer, but it is not absolutely necessary in order to share your faith and be a witness.

You see, a witness is someone who tells people what they have seen, or experienced. That’s all there is to it. We all share stories with friends and family. Experiences, good jokes or even something we saw on TV or read online. Some of you will “like” and “post” this very blog on your Facebook pages… (hint, hint) and in so doing, you will be sharing something you have experienced. That’s what being a witness really means. Sharing your story of what Jesus has done in your life. Talking about the transformation that Jesus has done in you.

There’s something you have to realize…Your story is extremely important to God. It’s important because there are many people who right now (as you are reading this) are going through many things you have gone through, and truly believe that there is no hope. Right now, people are crying out saying, “God, if you are real please show me something, give me a sign”. Here’s what you have to understand…your life, your story, your testimony is God’s answer to those prayers. YOU are God’s sign, God’s billboard. You are God’s way of telling someone who’s crying out: “I am real, look what I have done, and what I can do for you.” This is why sharing your faith (witnessing, evangelizing) is so important. You are God’s mouthpiece, and God’s answer to people.

Like I mentioned before, there is no “technical” way to share your faith. I know there are countless books & methods on how to witness, and everyone claims to know the best way, but in all reality, I believe that God honors any attempt to share His message of love and hope to others. Don’t get caught up in the methods, focus more on the message. Here are 3 things to remember when you want to share your faith:

1. God would never ask you to share your faith if He didn’t empower you to do it!

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be My witness…” Acts 1:8

As a follower of Jesus, you already have the power to share your faith, and His name is the Holy Spirit. He is not a force or an object, He is a person. He is the power that will have your back every time you take a step of faith and share your faith with someone. He will guide you and even put the right words in your mouth, all you have to do is make the decisions to share with someone else what Jesus has done for you. I know you might be nervous the first few times, but take the challenge, and try it. You’ll see God move. Don’t worry about the nerves, we all get nervous. Every sunday morning I am nervous and I have to tell the Holy Spirit, “ok, Lord, you put this word in my spirit, now put the right words in my mouth”, and guess what? He does every time. So try it, and remember, you don’t have to ask for boldness, or power, because the Holy Spirit of God lives inside of you, and He is your ultimate power source!

2. God has already been dealing with that person way before you came into the picture. 

“For no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me…” John 6:44

“Well, what if I share my faith and they don’t get saved?” 0r “I’ve been sharing my faith with my loved ones/friends and nothing ever happens”

Let’s get one thing straight: IT IS NOT YOUR JOB TO SAVE ANYONE, ITS YOUR JOB TO WITNESS. The job of saving belongs to God. You are not the one called to save, remember: we couldn’t  even save ourselves, much less save anyone else. Our calling is to witness, not save. If they don’t get saved, that’s not your problem. You pray for them, and next time you see them, share the new things that God is doing in your life. But no matter what, keep planting seeds of faith in them. You see, God is working in the lives of people, no matter what they look like or how they carry themselves. Every one is searching for God, even if they don’t know it yet. The fact that there are “millions” of religions in the world is proof that the entire world is looking for God. Don’t be fooled by how people look on the outside. I remember before I gave my life to Jesus, I was always the life of the party, laughing, having a “great” time with my friends, and everyone thought I was fine, but in reality, I was lonely, and I used everything I could to keep me away from the truth that I was miserable, and no one knew it. We all learn how to “mask” the truth well and we seem to be able to fool everyone, but you can’t fool God. And if God is giving you the chance to share your faith with someone, do it. Plant the seed. You never know how close they are from coming to Jesus.

3. God cares more about that person getting saved than you do. 

I don’t know if this has ever happened to you, but sometimes I have prayed for family and friends to get saved, and it seems like the more I pray, the worse they get. Sometimes I say, “Lord, are you not listening to my prayers? I said ‘save them’ not make them worse” 🙂  But I have to realize that even though I want them to come to Christ, I didn’t provide the way to be saved, I didn’t die on a cross for them, I didn’t shed my blood for anyone…God did. So that makes the lines very clear: He loves them way more than I ever will. And if He loves them more than I do, then He want’s them to be saved more than I want them to be saved. (Romans 5:8) So when I choose to share my faith, I am joining the great plan of God to save souls, to change eternities, and to help people discover their destinies. Not by anything I do, but by being a witness of someone who can do something for them. By sharing my faith.

Did you know that every year approx. 165,000 people die for the name of Jesus Christ? They are called “martyrs”. (pronounced: mar-ters) These are Christians who are killed just for being Christians. They are executed for sharing their faith and for telling others how they too can be saved.

Think about it: 165,000 brave men and women all around the world die for Jesus…….and all He’s asking you to do……is LIVE for him!

Expect a Miracle,

Pastor Jubal

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