“I just don’t know what to do anymore,” she said with despair in her eyes. Here it was, the opportunity I had prayed for. I went to open my mouth and…nothing. There were so many things I wanted to tell her about Him; how wonderful He is, the love He could offer her, but I choked. Nothing, absolutely nothing came out.
Sharing our faith with others, and explaining our relationship with Jesus, can be hard.
I had been praying for God to provide me with opportunities to share Jesus with this particular person and though He had given me a surplus of them, something was holding me back.
Rejection. Fear. Judgment. Uncertainty.
I don’t know the Bible as well as I should.
I might get asked something I don’t know.
I might be judged for sharing.
I make it clear I’m a Christian so they know how I feel about Jesus.
I don’t want to offend them; it might turn them off for good.
Any of these statements sound familiar?
Oh sweet friend, Satan loves to prevent us from spreading the word of God to others! He is so clever in his tactics to put fear and doubt in our minds. And all too many times we fall into his trap.
Perhaps one of the scariest things we will do in our Christian walk is sharing our faith with others. There is comfort in being around fellow believers, wouldn’t you say? We share our hearts more easily and have no hesitation in sharing what God has done in our lives. But it can be tough to be as open and forthcoming when we know that person doesn’t share our same faith and beliefs.
Stepping Out to Share Our Faith
So how can we get past the fear of sharing Christ with others? Here are some tips I have found helpful:
First and foremost pray. Pray that God will reveal to you the person He wants you to talk with. Pray for their heart to be open to your message. Pray that opportunities to witness come in different forms. You may spend time praying for a particular person long before you ever speak with them.
“So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his field.” Matthew 9:38 NLT
2. Be Prepared
Be prepared that they may not be accepting of your message at that time. This doesn’t mean you weren’t successful at sharing; they just may not be ready to receive it. They may have taken little nuggets from your conversation that will cause them to think. The important thing is that you planted a seed!
“But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15 ESV
3. Look for the nuggets.
Nuggets are moments that allow you to plant little seeds. This may be an “I’ll pray for your family during this time,” situation or a moment where you are able to share something God has done in your life recently. Nuggets are often short and sweet moments, but they are very important as they open up the door for future conversations.
“No one can have faith without hearing the message about Christ.” Romans 10:17 CEVD
4. Find your “niche.”
Perhaps you are an artistic person or a great listener. Maybe you write well, so you send a letter or card to someone. Whatever it is, look for your strengths and find your niche. God will use that skill to bring others to Him. He has provided us each with one, so pray that He will reveal yours to you.
“I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help. I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness from the great assembly.” Psalm 40:10 NIV
5. You are your best witness.
Your actions are the utmost reflection of your heart for Christ. You may not feel ready to go hand out tracts or speak openly to someone and that’s okay. You witness to others in the respect you give, the care you show, and the love you express. Often times, this is our greatest witnessing tool!
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 ESV
Sharing our faith is not an easy thing to do, but we are commissioned by God to do so. I hope that these tips will encourage you to share Christ in whatever way is revealed to you. It will look different for each of us and it’s important to remember that it takes time and lots of prayer.
I’d love to hear what tips have you found helpful when you witness to others? What hesitations do you feel?