3 Reasons Why We Don’t Share Our Faith
Shortly before ascending into heaven, Jesus gave His earliest followers an edict. We commonly refer to it as the Great Commission (see Matthew 28:18-20). In it, He commissioned us to actively lead others into a relationship with Him. Through living lifestyles which reflect His nature, and through using words which tell of His truths, we are to continually point others towards His spiritual realities (see Colossians 4:6). If you are like me, you have found that it is often hard to do this. Sharing the life and love of Jesus is something most of us aspire to do, but actually doing it is another matter altogether. I’ve discovered there are three reasons that believers often fail in this area.
Talking about Jesus Is for Strange People.
Some shutdown towards spiritual conversations because they falsely believe that such talk is for strange people. Modern movies and media often depict Christians as out-of-touch, neurotic weirdos. Sure, there are a lot of zany, religious fanatics in our world, but the presence of such people shouldn’t detour us from Jesus’ desires. The presence of religious confusion necessitates that God’s people lovingly share His spiritual truth. The world is in desperate need of individuals who both walk the walk and talk the talk. If you are afraid of being labelled strange for your faith, pray that God would help you. Strive to have the mindset of Paul, who said, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16). Commit to simply live a gospel lifestyle. Seek to love others. Don’t believe the lie that you need to be a loud-mouthed, super-spiritual, fringe-movement fanatic in order to make a difference. Most people are turned-off by religious braggarts who condemn everyone who isn’t like them, but they are impacted by a Christian who quietly lives the Christian life, while serving and loving others. In time, such a lifestyle makes a positive impression, and it opens the door for gospel conversations.
Talking about Jesus Is for Staff Members.
I believe that the modern approach to church has hamstrung the church in the area of personal evangelism. Because ministers are paid to serve within the church, some assume (whether consciously or subconsciously), that it is the responsibility of such ministers alone to talk about Jesus. Yes, preachers and pastors have a special obligation to proclaim Christ in a public fashion (see 2 Timothy 4:2), but all members of the church have a role in gospel proclamation as well (see 1 Peter 3:15). Ministers are only different from members in that they exist to lead the members to fulfill it’s purpose of making Christ known (see Ephesians 4:11-12).
Talking about Jesus Is for Special People.
In most churches, evangelism and witnessing is seen as something reserved for the spiritually elite. It is falsely regarded as the “gift” of a select few. The New Testament church knew little of this idea. Instead, the apostles and early believers saw each member as having a gift which individually helped the church accomplish its purpose of shining the light of Jesus (see Romans 12:6-8 and 1 Corinthians 12:8-10). Let your light shine for Jesus by using the gift He has given you!
Dr. Patrick Latham