We have such a HUGE God. I know, I keep saying that. But in my life, God has a way of reaching us in the most personal of ways. Each morning He is there, and grabs ahold of my hand and takes me through my day in many ways that have opened up a new way of life for me. I have seen, heard and tasted of His goodness. I have experienced God and am pursued by Him in ways that have totally swept me off my feet.
I was sharing my faith with a guest on a public church platform on Sunday afternoon, where I volunteer for an online community. I serve on the prayer team too. This particular guest was of a different faith than me and he came looking for something that wasn’t available at church. It matters not what but who he was looking for. I started to ask how I could pray for him and was preparing a prayer in my heart to offer to the Lord over the guest.
I heard his concerns and not knowing if he was a believer, I like to see how he views prayer by asking a few simple “discovery” questions. From the guests answers, it gives me an idea of what they believe or don’t believe. I politely asked if he had time for a story. He did and I believe he listened. I started to tell the guest about how I was looking for something once, and couldn’t find it anywhere I was looking. My story continues to lead them to the fact that I had given my human love to things that didn’t give back. Then I lead the guest to the point of the story pointing to the person who made me an offer I couldn’t refuse, and how I accepted a gift of a special kind of love.
He asked….”Who is your lover?”
I replied, “Thank you for asking…I found my Someone, by relationship with that person that loved me like I was, and offered to die for me.”
Of course, I was talking about Jesus.
Why am I telling you this story? Most times when we think of evangelism we think it’s hard, it’s awkward, or that it’s scary. We have fears, we become speechless, we think we have to be Bible theologians, and have a sermon with three points and a prayer in our pockets.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Sharing your faith means just that — sharing how Jesus has changed your life. So let me ask you…has Jesus changed your life? …tell me how…tell me something!
I love sharing my faith, like it’s the latest shoe sale. How do I do it so easily? Because I love God enough to get me past the fear of inadequacy, of the awkwardness of not knowing what to share, or whatever the enemy throws by intimidation to stop the Gospel message. Because of my relationship with God, I can’t help BUT share. Because of how He has changed ME, I won’t go back to standing on the sidelines. Because of how He is SO wonderfully amazing, I want EVERYONE to know. Because sharing my faith ISN’T about me, it’s about His change IN me. Because I have received so much GRACE, I can’t help but shovel it out to you.
How does the Bible prepare us to share the good news? By the changes that the Holy Spirit teaches in our lives!
“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” ~ Isaiah 52:7
See how God blesses the very part of us that we use to “go places” with? The gospel of Jesus fits any size!
So there is no fear in giving Grace, there is no reason to hoard it, there are many, many ways to give grace away. But the real reason I share my faith? Because the Lover of my soul, made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. And He went first, so He lead my way of peace by His love, which is better than BOGO shoe sale anyway.
Believe me when I say, the world is dying to know.