How To Share Your Faith
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you try to avoid talking about your faith? Maybe you’re trying to avoid awkwardness, confrontation, or just feel like you don’t have the right words. It’s not that you are ashamed of your faith, you just don’t want to shove it in other peoples face and make them feel turned off.
If this sounds like you, trust me, you’re not the only one who has struggled with this.
Lucky for you, I’m about to share how I‘ve found is the best way to share you’re faith without being a pushy turn off.
Think back to all the times in life you really learned something. I’m talking about the things that stick with you, even still to this day. Now how many of these things were taught to you by studying a book intensely, being talked to, or sitting in a lecture? On the contrary, how many of these things are lessons and facts you learned through living it, discussing it, and having your life changed because of it? My guess is a majority of the most important thing you learned were learned from experiences that actually impacted you, not from forceful language and facts being thrown at you.
When we think back on Jesus’s years on the earth we see that He lived His faith, not just spoke it. When He did speak His faith, Jesus spoke it in understandable ways for the people of this time (the parables of Christ). Jesus wasn’t bashing these people, forcing scriptures down their throat, and telling them they were going to hell all the time, instead Jesus spoke in truth, in love, and in genuine words. When He came to this earth, He came as Christ in the body of a man, and this allowed Him to relate to people. If we decide to follow Christ, then we too should not just speak our faith but live it.
See, the truth is, the best way you share your faith is through your day-to-day life. We’ve all heard that “actions speaker louder than words” and this is so true when it comes to sharing our faith. It is vital to our testimony of Christ that we make sure we are living a life that reflects Christ.
1 John 2:6 “Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.”
In addition to the witness of our lives we are instructed in God’s word to “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15). When there’s a situation being presented for us to share our faith we should not shy away! I know this is easier said then done. You may be asking, well if I’m supposed to share my faith, what do I say and how do I say it because I’m always at a loss for words.
So here’s my advice about the best way to share your faith without it being pushy or a turn off.
No way it’s that simple?
Think about it, if someone was sharing truth with you, something they thought that could really help you and change your life, would you want them to list facts and arguments in their case or would you want them to share how this truth changed their life? Yes the facts and arguments are important to back up what they’re saying, but hearing how this truth actually made a difference in their life is what will leave an impact on you.
Do I suggest knowing verses to back up your beliefs? Absolutely! It’s always important to back up what you believe, I mean scripture even says “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:5). My point here is that you don’t need to list endless scripture, lecture on faults, and insist you’re right when you talk about your faith. When you share your faith, share the truth of how God has changed your life, how He has loved and forgiven you, and how you can’t imagine life without Him.
Sharing your faith doesn’t mean you have to dominate the conversation or turn it into a spiritual lecture, it means that you relay what has changed in your life for the better and why it’s changed – Christ.
I know even with this advice, it’s tricky to share you’re faith and I’ll admit I still to this day find myself sometimes shying away when an opportunity presents itself. So here are the verses I love to use and how I use them to share the truth of how God has changed my life.
Ephesians 2:10 – “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
This verse has literally changed my entire life. The words pierce my skin, soak into my heart and mind, and make me feel unbelievable purpose. God created each of us, you and I, to do good. Not only did He create us to do good, but He created us with purpose, specific purpose that He designed us, created us, and formed us to do for Him. We weren’t born on this earth because we decided we would be. We were born on this earth because He decided we would be. He decided that He wanted you and I both here to do exactly what He created us for. I know why I’m here, I know the meaning of life, and I know my purpose – to live for, love in, and work to do exactly what God wants. He gave me this life, so who am I to try to control it. Living for the purpose I was placed here with Has made me free, fulfilled, and focused.
John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
God, the one who created the entire world just by speaking, knows each hair on my head and your head and everyone’s head, allowed His Son to die a slow, painful, excruciating death for me. He knew I was living in evil, He knew I would time and again do wrong, He knew that I may never accept Him as my Father, but He still allowed the greatest sacrifice ever, just to give me the opportunity to know Him.
He loved me when I was unlovable, He knew me when I didn’t even know myself, and He cared for me enough that He did everything He could to take me in and say “I love you and you’re mine”. So for me, deciding to walk into His open arms, seeing the way He cared so much for me when I didn’t even know who He was, was an easy decision. I’m loved each day with a love that will never go away, I’m forgiven no matter how many times I mess up and have to say I’m sorry, and I’m cared for and directed when I’m lost and alone. Deciding to stop ignoring the best offer I’ve ever been given and instead say yes to it, has been the best decision of my life. Now I know what true happiness is.
I hope that these examples can help give you some ideas of ways to share your faith more genuinely.
Sharing your faith can be tricky and it can be awkward but today I’m encouraging you to live fearlessly and share your faith genuinely next time you have the chance.