Have you ever felt that tug on your heart to talk to someone about Jesus? Maybe it’s someone you know well or that you’ve just met. How do you respond to that feeling?
Do you take the challenge head on by sharing the gospel and having a respectful conversation? Maybe you share some of your personal experiences or struggles and how Jesus has helped you or worked in your life. If you have done this several times you know you don’t always get the response you hope for. For some people it only takes one conversation for them to realize their need for Jesus in their lives, and for others it takes seeds planted and watered over time. Don’t get discouraged if you are another can of water for one of those seeds.
I know some of you are thinking, “No way. If I feel that stirring I run as fast as I can the other way.” Part of me wants to tell you that’s ok, but really it’s not. I know, it’s uncomfortable. I have a hard time carrying on conversation when I’m nervous or uncomfortable so I get you, I really do. But, do you know it’s what we are called to do as Christians?
Matthew 28:18-20 says, Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of 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.”
I’m sure there are some reading this who are like me. You want desperately to make a difference and share Jesus with as many people as possible but you don’t know how. Or even worse, you don’t think you will be able to do it or that you will matter. Maybe if you change your perspective you will feel more confident about sharing.
The great commission was Jesus’ last words on earth. Surely he thought they were of extreme importance. When we stop looking at sharing our faith as a chore and start thinking about it as the thing we are called to do we are free to enjoy it. If you love Jesus, why not willingly share him every chance you get?
There is no right or wrong way to share your faith. There are some ideas and formulas out there for leading people to Christ. But I have found the most effective way to bring someone to Christ is to live it out in your daily life. Be the type of person that makes people wonder what is different about you. Figure out what it is that God is calling you to do to share your faith and do it 100%. The only real wrong way is not trying at all.