HOW TO SHARE YOUR FAITH
At the heart of every conversion to Christ story, is the role PRIDE played in attempting to prevent the conversion all together. Pride leads unbelief. Every person who surrenders their life to Christ must first overcome their own pride. Pride separates us from God by putting us squarely in His seat. Pride at work in the life of a human being is easy to spot. There is a mocking tone in their response to your belief in God.
“Mockers are proud and haughty; they act with boundless arrogance.” (Prov. 21:24 NLT)
Remember when you are sharing your story of God’s Grace, mercy and forgiveness the person listening is also battling their own pride. Often, we are fearful when attempting to share our faith, fearful that the people we share with may ask us questions we cannot answer. What if they know more about the Bible than us? What if they have a scientific argument that makes our belief in creation look foolish? What if they simply ask us something about our faith that we have no answer for? Is it possible that talking about our faith could do more damage than good?
Fear always has a way of making a mountain out of a mole hill. It also paralyzes us and keeps us from moving forward. But is it true that if you share your faith it will get thrown back in your face? A recent survey of Christians showed that the vast majority believe they should share their faith with others but revealed that only 25% of Christians can recall a time where they shared their faith and only 14% said they had done so three or more times in the last six months. The survey also asked if they had personally invited someone to attend church or to a church event and more than 48% said they never had.
Inviting someone to church seems much easier than sharing your faith but the same fears that prevent some Christians from sharing their faith also prevent them from inviting people they know to church.
Is there a way to overcome fear and share your faith? Yes, and it is easier than you may think. The Bible tells us that one of the most powerful tools we have for telling others about Jesus is our OWN story. The Bible calls it your Testimony.
1 John 5:11 “This is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is found in his Son.”
Each one of us who have made Jesus Lord and Leader of our lives, has a great story to tell. We know what life looked like for us before we became a Christian and we know what a wonderful change has taken place in our hearts since we surrendered our life to His Lordship. Our story is ours and it is powerful. Someone once said that: “A man with an experience is never at the mercy of a man with an argument”. This is so true for each one of us. It does not matter what argument someone may use to dismiss God for their lives it will never hold water for us. Why? Because we know Him! We have experienced Him. We have put our trust in Him.
Sharing your faith is as easy as sharing your personal story. One thing I have discovered to be true: people love to tell their story and to hear your story. We all want to be known by those around us. We want people to know what we have come through in life, what we have accomplished and what we value. A great way to set your story up for telling is to invite the other person to tell their story first. Our stories are personal invitations to others to get to know us. They are a snapshot of our journey in life.
We tell our story on a regular basis when we meet new people and when we are seeking to deepen a relationship with someone we already know. The question is, are we leaving out the most important part of our story? Did we really accomplish all this by ourselves? Are we motivated to face each new day just because it is a new day or because Jesus has great things planned for our day?
Here is how to share your faith: Tell YOUR STORY but don’t leave out the good part….
“Amazing Grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me I once was lost but now I am found, was blind but now I see.”