5. Be Inspired by Others who are Sharing their Faith.
When I get fearful about sharing my faith, I am often encouraged by believers who have come before me or brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering right now for their faith.
Reading Christian biographies is a great way to be encouraged by people who daily laid down their cross to follow Christ in all walks of life, whether at home or abroad. If you are looking for believers to read about Brother Andrew, Amy Carmichael, William Wilberforce, Richard Wurmbrand, and Isobel Kuhn are great places to start. The series “Christians Heroes: Then and Now” has a lot of great selections.
The Voice of the Martyrs - This ministry helps believers in the States know about their persecuted family around the world. Their regular newsletters and radio program helps people know how to pray for and serve those suffering for their faith. Your family or church can also volunteer at their headquarters for a few days to be more hands on concerning the persecuted Church. Hearing these people’s testimony of what it means to witness and share Christ, will definitely encourage you in sharing your faith.
Witnessing can be a challenge. Sometimes it is discouraging when we don’t see results. But know that “you don’t have to hit a home run every time; just put a rock in someone’s shoe” (Greg Koukl). Most of the time we want to be the person who leads a person to Christ, the one that gets the home run and brings someone into the kingdom. While this desire is not wrong, we also need to trust God and be at peace where God has us in the other person’s life. Sometimes our job is just to put a rock in their shoe. This means that we are the one who shares God’s truth with them, which might bring conviction and leads them to be uncomfortable until they deal with it; and hopefully this encounter brings them one step closer to believing in Jesus. Another way of saying this is, “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” (Robert Louis Stevenson).
You do care about your unsaved friends and family, right? So now that you have some ideas to prepare yourself, do you care enough to do something about the lost? While it may seem daunting to share about Christ, take a step out in faith and start planting seeds. Prepare yourself, give your best when giving the Gospel, and trust the results in God’s hands. May God bless you as you go serve your King!
1. Know the Basic points of the Gospel. 2. Listen to people present the gospel. 3. Be ready with Apologetics. 4. Look for everyday conversations to share your faith. 5. Be inspired by others who are sharing their faith.