As Christians, we are called to the Great Commission, but this can feel daunting – especially if you aren’t a natural extrovert. How do we share our faith and the love of Christ without making others feel brow-beaten or judged?
Imparting A Loving Gift
Approach with the mindset of positivity. We share our faith out of love of our brothers and sisters, not because of any reward to ourselves or because we “have” to. We share the joy of the good news in positivity, not out of “correction.” We want them to experience the peace and love of God. This is a gift! It’s beautiful and wonderful. Keeping that fact in mind, you can share with the air of joy and hope.
Pray for Guidance and Opportunities
Sometimes it takes the right word at the right moment for a recipient to gain understanding. There are times that the person we want or need to reach is not ready to be receptive. We live in a world where people would prefer to speak rather than listen and voice on opinion rather than learn something new.
Pray for wisdom and discernment in your efforts to share the gospel, and ask God to provide opportunities to connect with people who are open to hearing the message.
Build Genuine Relationships
One of the most effective ways to share the gospel is through building sincere and meaningful relationships with others. By showing genuine care, love, and concern for the people around you, you can create trust and open the door for meaningful conversations about faith. It will come naturally this way.
Please keep in mind this is not the sole reason for building relationships. Part of your role as a Christian is to be loving and genuine and help your fellow man.
Live by Example
Demonstrating a Christ-like life in your actions, words, and attitudes is essential. When others see the positive impact of your faith on your life, they may become more open to learning about the gospel. As you continue to develop your faith by reading and studying, you will also see changes in yourself too!
Allow the peace of God which transcends all understanding to shine through you. Our world is desperate for that peace! Of course you won’t always feel perfect and joy-filled, but when you do make sure you share it.
Be Prepared to Share Your Testimony
Be ready to share your personal story of how your faith has transformed your life. Your testimony can be a powerful tool in showing the impact of the gospel on a personal level. We all have a past and even those of us who grew up in the faith have had our own moments of darkness in life. As you grow in your faith walk, you’ll see the changes in yourself and these things will help you build your testimonies as well.
Use Clear, Simple Language
When sharing the gospel, avoid using overly complicated or technical language that may be difficult for others to understand. Speak clearly and simply, focusing on the key points of the gospel message.
Be Sensitive to Cultural Differences
When sharing the gospel with people from different cultural backgrounds, be aware of and respectful toward their cultural practices, beliefs, and values. This may involve learning about their culture and adapting your approach to be more effective and respectful.
Be Patient and Persistent
Sharing the gospel can take time, and it’s essential to be patient with others as they process the information and consider its implications. Continue to be a supportive presence in their lives, being respectful of their journey and timing. You aren’t a hammer pounding nails. People need to move in their own time.
Utilize Various Methods
Use a mix of methods to share the gospel, such as one-on-one conversations, small group discussions, and larger events. In the digital age, consider using social media, blogs, podcasts, and other online platforms to reach a broader audience. Keep inviting them to religious functions!
You can wear your faith too! Designers like Kerusso have stylish sportswear choices that draw attention.
Do Not Judge
Remember that you are sharing the love of Christ and that – especially in today’s society where “you do you” is celebrated – you should approach in a warm, loving way, not one of judgement. We want others to feel the love and peace of Christ, not shame or judgement. We want them to feel welcome, because all of us fall short of perfection.
I pray for you in your faith journey and the sharing of the joy of Jesus. God bless you!