God has sent us out on what is referred to as the Great Commission- sharing the gift of his Son and telling others about the Gospel (the life of Jesus)…What are we doing about it? Are we making every effort to live out this request?
Recently I was given the ideal opportunity to share my faith, but completely missed my chance due to a combination of oblivious focus and preoccupied thoughts. It wasn’t until after the conversation had been completed with this particular person and I was driving home that it finally occurred to me, ‘I should have shared my faith’…
I was actually at a doctor’s appointment when the doctor genuinely asked what I do and more so how I spend my time. Without giving it much thought, I quickly responded, stating, “I homeschool my children and substitute teach in the public schools”..and I left it at that (funny combination I know, but I do both and love them equally). From there we went on to have a pleasant discussion. Now anyone who knows me, knows fully-well that I’m a Jesus-loving girl, so the fact I totally neglected to mention that my main priority is trying my hardest to love and follow Jesus was without a doubt a let-down when I analyzed the conversation later on.
This is just one of many times I’ve failed to express my love of Jesus Christ to others. And if I must be real honest it’s sometimes due to awkward or embarrassing feelings about the idea of sharing my faith— perhaps worrying that my discourse may create tension or I may not have all the words if I open up to a non-believer, especially if they drill me with “why” questions. It’s not that I’m unknowledgeable or doubtful of my faith, it’s more so the idea of being put on the spot. I’ve always been better with words spilling from an ink pen onto paper than with words sputtering from my mouth. Imagine pulling out a little notepad and pen, scribbling out the spiritual benefits of loving Christ and then passing it off to the person you’re witnessing to because you feel incompetent in speaking it to them…not gonna happen.
Instead God tells us in 1 Peter 3:15 always be ready to give a reason for the hope in you. That doesn’t mean it has to be fancy, elaborate, drawn-out speech or material worthy of a standing ovation. So at the appointment where the doctor asked me what I do with my time I could’ve merely replied, “I homeschool my kids, substitute teach, and love Jesus like crazy.” Just that simply-put and consider the possibilities that conversation may inspire especially when we’re willing to allow God’s Holy Spirit to lead (Romans 8:9). He longs for us to share His word with others; we never know where they are in their faith much less if they know Jesus as Savior of all. If they do already, then awesome, we’ve just opened the door to fellowship with a brother or sister in Christ, if not then we’ve just created the possibility of showing that person Jesus perhaps for the first time.
I’m not sure about you, but as a believer in Christ I want to follow God whole-heartedly by spreading His word to others and experiencing their reaction of joy when someone learns for the first time that they’ve been chosen by God and they’re loved unconditionally (1 Peter 2:9). There’s a Savior whose name is Jesus and He’s patiently and longingly waiting their acceptance of Him to be Lord over their lives. When a person listens and accepts the truth of God’s love there’s absolutely nothing sweeter, no greater joy to find than this. And sometimes our mouths don’t even need to open to share Jesus, often times a smile, holding the door open, or using the “pay-it-forward” technique all work effectively to show our love of Christ through actions.
I want to be consciously aware of the importance in making disciples by sharing the Good News with someone who doesn’t know Christ. The church I attend has a mission statement: cultivating followers of Jesus to impact our world…I want that statement to be the echo of my heart with my attitude, words, and actions as I represent Christ in a way that others might seek and desire a fulfilling relationship with Him.