Rev. Dawn Lockett Hobson
Here are some things to remember and some ideas on how to share Jesus taken from Crosswalk.com.
years ago, Bud Wilkinson, the great old football coach of Oklahoma
University, defined the game by saying, "Football is when thousands of
fans in the stands desperately in need of exercise are watching 22 young
men on the field desperately in need of rest."
And you know, that could describe the church today in many ways! There are so few in the game actually sharing their faith. Most are in the stands just watching!
But the truth is if you are a follower of Christ… if you claim the
Lord Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior… you are called to share
your faith with others.
In fact, Jesus said it Himself in Acts 1:8, "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth" (emphasis added).
Even though Jesus expects us to share our faith, many followers of
Christ today find it difficult… even scary. If this describes you today,
I want to offer you a word of encouragement:
In spite of your weaknesses, in spite of your past mistakes or
struggles, you can be an effective and successful witness for the Lord
You can share your faith!
Here's how. First, ask God to give you a passion for people.
That's where it all begins! Sharing your faith isn't so much a program
or technique as it is a passion of the heart. So ask God to give you a
burden… a desire… a passion… to talk to your friends and family about Jesus.
Second, be authentic. Most people can identify with
the ordinary, real experiences you've had in your life. So don't be
afraid to let people know how God is working in those ordinary, everyday
experiences! Remember… people aren't looking for perfection. They're
looking for someone who's real.
Third, love people unconditionally. This is a hard
one! But this is what Jesus did… and it's what you and I are to do as
well…no matter how people may mistreat or misuse us.
Finally, share Jesus now!
This is why Jesus said in John 4:35,
"Lift up your eyes, and see that
the fields are white for harvest." It's the responsibility of every
Christian to introduce as many people as possible to Jesus. Today! Right