Sharing our faith in Christ is the most important job we will ever have. It is essential for you and me to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading and to “share the hope that is in us” so that others can come to know Christ. We cannot dismiss this as something only pastors, elders, deacons, missionaries, and ministers need to do. All disciples of Christ have been given the great commission: to “go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”(Mark 16:15)
Do you remember how you first heard about Jesus and His love for you? How did God first plant seeds of faith in your heart? Did a good friend tell you about Jesus? Have you always known that our amazing universe was the handiwork of God? Was it a pastor or evangelist who spoke at your church, or a friend who invited you to their church, or perhaps you just grew up in a home where everyone believed in God, and you grew to know and trust Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
When did you first learn about Jesus’ great love for you? And that He is the Son of God – the ‘God-Man’ who came to bear the sins of the world? Did a friend recite John 3:16, or did you pick up a Bible and start reading on your own? I came to know Christ after a good friend suggested we read the book of Proverbs, and then the Gospel of John.
What is your salvation story? If you don’t have one, would you like to experience the saving power and love of Christ? You can – right now! Find a Bible and read the book of John – or Matthew, Mark, or Luke – or, just start reading at the beginning in Genesis. I’d suggest you jump ahead, after the first few chapters of Genesis, to the Christmas story (the birth of the Messiah) and read about the life and death and resurrection of Jesus. Then return to reading the Old Testament to discover all the ancient prophesies He fulfilled.
Being reborn through faith in Christ is just the beginning of the believer’s eternal fellowship with God and with all Christ-followers. Spiritual transformation (the process of getting more and more of God inside us) is probably the main goal God has for us in this life.
Yes, there are many wonderful and worthwhile things we can be busy doing until Jesus returns. But is there anything as important as sharing the Good News with our family members and friends? And there will no doubt be opportunities where God leads us to boldly proclaim the Gospel to people we don’t really know.
So, if you don’t mind me asking (and even if you’d rather not think about this), how are you doing with this important assignment? If you don’t consider yourself an evangelist or preacher and feel nervous when giving a 30 second talk in front of a few people – that’s okay. No one is going to make you preach a sermon or do an interview on TV about your faith in God. Although you could find yourself in some similar situations – God will empower you and give you the right words to say if you are asked to share.
Whatever your particular calling or your strengths when it comes to communicating God’s love as revealed in Christ, God wants you to believe in your heart and confess with your lips that Jesus Christ is the only hope for this dying world. Knowing Christ as Lord is the best thing that has ever happened to me or to anyone! Who do you know that doesn’t yet know Him?
-William Kuntz, M.S., LCSW, Licensed Psychologist