It's a natural thing to share good news.
Far too often, we make telling others about Jesus into an unnatural exercise. Sometimes we do that by making people memorize polished presentations of the gospel. Other times, we limit evangelism to mission trips to faraway places.
We forget that the story of Jesus is good news, something that should be naturally shared with people we know.
How can we make sharing our faith into a normal part of our lives? Here are a few ideas:
- Learn to appreciate the wonder of what God has done for us. Sometimes we have trouble sharing the gospel because we have forgotten what's good about the news of Jesus! Before we can tell others about the joy of being a Christian, we need to experience that joy ourselves. Before we can help others experience freedom from darkness, we need to know what it is to walk in the light.
- Recognize that we can share good news even when we don't tell the whole story. Not every conversation has to be a full presentation of the story of salvation. When Jesus healed the man who was possessed by a legion of demons, he told the man, "Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you." (Mark 5:19) A great place to begin when sharing our faith is to merely point out good things that God is doing in your life.
- Love your neighbor as yourself. That's very basic, I know, but it's also easier said than done. If we believe that the greatest possession we have is God in our lives and that others can have that as well, doesn't it make sense that we would want them to know that? Focus on love. Speak motivated by love. Let love shape your speech and your actions toward others. Doing that will make telling others about Jesus a natural occurrence.
- Pray. Prayer is an essential part of every step we take as a Christian. It's especially important when dealing with others. Paul wrote to the Corinthians: "I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow." (1 Corinthians 3:6) We can plant and water, but only God makes things grow.
This material comes from a seminar called "Church Inside Out" that is available through Hope For Life, a Herald of Truth ministry. For more information, visit www.heraldoftruth.org/seminars.