Getting the Ball Rolling

So you’re standing around the cooler on your break at work, or you’ve just finished your college class and you’re heading out of the room, or any number of real situations in life, and one of your friends or coworkers comes up to you. You can tell they are scared stiff to ask you, but their curiosity has gotten the best of them. They generally approach the subject, “Why do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God?”

Don’t you wish it would be so easy, that every time you witnessed to someone they would be the one to come up to you? But that’s not usually how it happens. In fact, if you don’t eventually broach the subject, they might never know how amazing Jesus is and what it’s like to know him and follow him.

The trouble is that no matter how shy you are, Jesus has commissioned every Christian to share their faith in him (Matthew 28:19-20). So how do you get the ball rolling? Here are a few reasons you need to swallow your fear and give it your best shot:

  • If you don’t tell them, no one will.
  • Their eternal salvation is more important than your comfort.
  • You want them to be in heaven with you and Jesus.
  • No matter what happens, Jesus is with you (Matthew 28:20).
  • The Holy Spirit will give you the words to speak (Mark 13:11; Acts 4:8; 6:10; 13:9).

I know it’s a daunting effort to reach out to someone, but you can do it. Think about this: Jesus sent to you to that person at that moment because he trusts you with their soul. God’s got your back! You’re going to do great. Be confident, not cocky, that God has set up a divine appointment to show off the ability he’s placed in you. If he’s that confident in you, be confident in him to help you deliver the life-saving message of the gospel Jesus Christ.

We’ve talked about the fear that we all have in sharing our faith. Throughout the rest of this series, I’m going to help you prepare to make you more at ease in sharing your faith. But for now, what is stopping you from sharing your faith? And what are some other reasons you have for reaching out and giving it a shot? Leave a comment below with some of your experiences.

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2 Responses to Getting the Ball Rolling

  1. This is a good post Jonathan. I find it easier to share my faith if someone asks than to initiate the subject myself. I’ve found that the best thing to talk about is what Christ has done for you. Who is a better witness to your life than you are. Besides Christ, of course. Looking forward to reading more in your series.

    • Jonathan Srock says:

      Thanks Vuyo! I’m also the kind that likes for others to ask me. I’m a pretty laid-back introvert for the most part. But being a pastor has taught me that it’s important to also initiate conversations. You make a great point that talking about Jesus’ work in us is the most effective. That will actually be coming up in a future blog. By the way, if you want to see previous blog posts on this specific series, you can click on “Sharing Your Faith” on the menu bar at the top. Blessings!

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