Does the thought of sharing your faith scare you? Does the word evangelism make you want to run in the opposite direction?
There are many ways to share your faith, but the best I’ve seen is through relationship and love, like Emily mentioned yesterday. That’s what Jesus did. He wasn’t just concerned with “converting” people to Christianity. He wanted people’s lives to be transformed by the Good News. So He made disciples. He spent time with them, invested in their lives, and shared with them all He had.
Have you heard the saying, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”? It’s true. Think about it. Would you listen to someone give you advice if they don’t listen to you or care about your thoughts and feelings? Umm … I think not.
So step one is to develop a relationship with that person. Show them you care and are interested in them. This requires time. Sometimes you can quickly share your faith with a stranger at Target. Most of the time, however, you won’t get to the point of sharing your faith until later, after you’ve built a relationship with the person – particularly if it’s someone whose heart needs extra softening toward Christians.
On that note, let’s face it. Christians are sometimes not thought highly of because their lives don’t look any different from the rest of the world. Who would want to say they believe the Bible is true but not live by it, or say they love God and others but their lives don’t show it? I know several non-Christians who love others better than some Christians do.
None of us are perfect, but we should strive to live lives that look more like Jesus’ every day. Actions speak much louder than words. Sharing your faith doesn’t mean having all the perfect words. Sharing your faith can simply be seen in how you live your life. We want other people to look at our lives and say, “I want what she’s got!” They will be drawn to the Jesus in our lives, want a relationship with us and eventually want one with Jesus.
What do you have that a non-Christian would want? Do you have peace and joy despite difficult circumstances, or does your attitude and complaining get the best of you? Do you live by faith and take God at His Word, or do fear and doubt drag you down and hold you back? Do you strive to live a pure and holy life, or are you constantly disrespecting parents and think being intimate with your boyfriend is okay? After all, you’re not sleeping together, just doing everything but …
The world is watching. Your actions tell others what you really believe about God and about being a Christian. Your actions also influence what others believe about Christians, and more importantly, God.
The world is watching. Do they see Jesus in you?
A final thought: While we need to share God’s love with others, salvation is something only God can make happen. It’s not our job to make people believe Jesus is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” We are just to allow Him to use us in people’s lives to share His love and truth. He will do the rest.
If you don’t really have a heart for those who don’t know Jesus, ask God to change your heart. Ask Him to help you be interested in their lives and build relationships with them.
Think of a strong Christian in your life. What do they have that you want? More joy, peace, kindness, patience, love, self-control? Something else? Spend more time with them to grow that characteristic in your own life. Not only will that make you a more fulfilled Christian but also will draw more people to the Jesus they see in you.