Tuesday, 30 July 2013

How I learned to share my faith...

I've always found it a bit difficult to share my faith. I'm not exactly sure why, but when I was growing up I think it was because I didn't want to be thought of as odd, you know, the pressures of being a teenager and what not. Then, I grew up and I didn't want to offend people, or be in their face. Then, there was fear- what would they think? What if they got aggressive, or started avoiding me? I didn't particularly want to lose my friends. I found it especially hard being in a society that is so anti-Christ.

Well, I got older and realized that it was either I believed what I claimed to believe or I didn't. If I did, then I had to share it. But I still found it hard and seemed to lack the courage when an opportunity arose.

But something happened recently, and made me remember something I'd heard Nicky Gumbel say years ago; 'it stems from a relationship'. Just as you can't tell people about something you know nothing about, you can't tell them about a God you don't know. Talking about Jesus stems from having a relationship with Him.

Anyway, the thing that happened was that I shared my faith with a non-Christian friend recently. It took me a while to get to the point where I felt comfortable talking about God's love and Christ's offer of salvation to this person but I felt like I had to. In fact, I knew I had to. It was like a burden on my heart. This has not always been the case, however, and as I thought about it, it finally dawned on me that I genuinely cared about this person. And I genuinely wanted to see them saved. You can't care about someone and not tell them. You just can't. Now, they didn't respond in the way that I'd hoped, but they did listen. And I was glad that I got to the point where I realized that their salvation was way more important than all the other thoughts that were going through my head.

So, I'm no expert on evangelism but I've been praying that God would give me a genuine love for people that don't know Him. You see, there are a couple of things I've learnt about sharing the gospel; one, you can't tell people about Christ if you don't know Him for yourself, and two, you can't tell people about Christ if you don't care enough about them. Anyway, I think God is answering my prayer...