Have you ever wondered how to share your faith? You are not alone. Many people want to share their faith but don’t know how or are afraid. Today we’re going to look at the early disciples and see how they shared Jesus with others and provide some practical advice for sharing your faith today.
Jesus called each of us to make tell the Gospel and make disciples. The story is found in each of the Gospels. I have used the one from Matthew 28: 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.”
The early church took Jesus’ call seriously. Wherever they went the early disciples told people about Jesus and within a few hundred years Christianity had spread to all parts of the known world. The thing is it is a never ending cycle. We have to pass our faith onto the next generation.
The early church was alive, vibrant and excited and they passed their excitement onto people they met. They were not perfect and as Christianity expanded people appeared who wanted to use Christianity for their own purposes. That threat corrupted the church and still poisons churches today killing off the joy God gave to us and killing our witness.
How to share your faith
The first thing we need to do it to draw near to Christ and that means spending time with God. In James we are reminded to come near to God and he will come near to you. Psalms 46:10 says be still and know that I am God. We’ve been given an amazing gift: eternal life and for this life the gift of the Holy Spirit. If that really sinks in it will have an effect on every aspect of our life. We’ll want to share the joy that we are experiencing and when that happens doors will open that we never would have expected.
So how do you draw near to God? For me there are several things that strengthens my relationship. First is quiet time and that usually means a walk. If I sit and read or pray I’m usually fast asleep in a few minutes. I have my great grandfather to thank for that trait. He could sleep any where almost instantly but when I walk my mind is clear at least most of the time and I can talk to God and He can talk to me. At times I’ll put on one of my favorite pastors and split the 2.7 mile course up between listening and praying. The internet allows me to listen to and be encouraged by my favorite pastors every day.
Next is teaching 5th graders. I hope they get as much out of the class as I do. Spending time with God focused on teaching children draws me closer to God. I recommend that everyone try teaching children in Sunday School. The preparation brings me closer to God and it is a great way to become comfortable with sharing your faith.
Finally there open up your eyes. I compare seeing God to seeing a car. Have you ever noticed how many cars you see that are just like yours but how many other do you see? Probably not many. That is because we are tuned in and see cars that are like ours or ones that we are interested in but tuned out to all the others. God is working all around us but if we are not tuned in we’ll miss our opportunities but when we are tuned in we’ll have opportunities to share our faith every day.
I think the most important factor in sharing our faith is allowing God to take over our life. When we draw close to God amazing things will happen all around us.
Here is a simple card to share your faith when you go out to eat and a testimony from someone who used it. If you would like more information on this card click here.
Another praise for for how God is using your materials….. I use the “thank you …your service was awesome” cards all of the time. This past week the waitress tracked me down as I was going out the door and said how timely Jeremiah 29:11 was for her that day. Her husband had asked her for a separation and that morning Jeremiah 29:11 had been the verse that she had been thinking about…then to receive it in your card was an extra encouragement.Only in Heaven will we know how far reaching each piece of material has been used!Blessings as you continue serving Him!Sincerely,Kathy Yanchick