When the opportunity arrises to share Jesus with others, which Christians are called to do, many ideas pass through our minds. Ideas concerning not how great accepting Jesus will make the other person “feel”, but on how that person’s possible rejection of Jesus will make us “feel”.
I know on occasion I have factored in the possibility of rejection, and chose not to talk about my Lord and Savior. Bad decision! When that happens, we both miss out!
If in conversation, your heart and mind is stirred to reference Jesus, that’s Holy Spirit working within you. He’s nudging, encouraging you not to miss this opportunity to plant a seed for Jesus.
John 14: 16-17 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
Whether you are sitting next to a stranger on an airplane, having lunch with a co-worker, or talking to a neighbor down the street, if you share your faith in a loving manner you are planting a seed that God will water.
When we forget about the possibility of rejection and simply talk about Jesus like He is our friend – which He is, the truth of Jesus is revealed.
John 15:15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
Use these 5 tips to share your faith:
- Don’t judge.
The person you are talking to is having trouble turning to Jesus. Their pain is real. But you are now in a position to share with them hope to deal with their unpleasant circumstances by trusting in Jesus.
2. Share your story.
There is a reason why you believe in Jesus as your Lord and Savior. No matter your story is not Oscar worthy, there is a Why and there is a Way that you came to Christ and your story is worth sharing.
3. Explain the Gospel.
Many people don’t know Jesus came to save us, not to judge us. They look at Him as the condemner. Sharing truth that He willing came to die in place of our sin is HUGH! We need to make sure everyone knows this.
4. Suggest information.
As a believer, it’s good to be prepared for the opportunity to share Jesus with others. Think about and practice explaining your personal walk with Jesus, and the Gospel in five minutes or less. Once the conversation flows, your may articulate more details, but keep in mind to let the other person speak.
A wonderful website you can suggest they visit is gotquestions.org. I turn to this site often.
5. End the conversation with “Thank-you.”
Often we forget, politeness matters. Thank them for opening up to you, and let them know you will pray for their situation. If they are local, you can invite them to church. After all, love and concern for others is what Jesus is about.
John 4:9-11 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved usand sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us,we also ought to love one another.
We do not have the power to turn the hearts of unbelievers into believers. Only God can do that. But we are called to spread the Gospel. Unbelievers may not understand or acknowledge our faith, but we can politely make known Truth by planting seeds. Then as always, it is up to God to make the seed blossom.
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