All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. Matthew 28:18-20. NIV
If you have been around church for any length of time, then you have probably heard these verses before. Go and make disciples. Baptize them. Teach them. Jesus commands these things, yet so often in our everyday lives we forget what they really mean. It can be easy to think of the Great Commission in terms of overseas mission trips and vocational ministry, but, in truth, these verses apply to our entire Christian life. Of course, it’s not always easy. Oftentimes, we would rather just show through our actions then speak the truth about Jesus to others. I know I have trouble being bold in my words during spiritual conversations. But, that is where we have the opportunity to trust in the Lord even more and rely on the Spirit moving within us. Sharing your faith can be intimidating, humbling, challenging, and inspiring, but, more than anything, it opens our own eyes to see the glory of God clearly. Here are just a few important things to keep in mind when sharing your faith.
We are called
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28. NIV
God calls us into His good purposes when we accept Jesus and put our trust in Him. That means that are lives are no longer our own. We are given something much greater to live for than our own dreams and desires. We are invited into God’s great mission plan to redeem the world. That’s a pretty huge mission to be a part of. So, we are commanded to share our faith, but we also GET to share our faith. We are given the best opportunity in the world to share how Jesus saved our lives. And, when you really know the truth of how much you’ve been saved from, you can’t help but to want to share that truth with others. That’s the best way we can love others. So, know that our calling is a privilege as much as it is a command. We are brought into the fold, and in that obedience we experience God’s glory and His provision for our good.
We are equipped
Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit. Acts 1:4-5. NIV
Jesus doesn’t command us to share our faith without giving us what we need to do so. In Acts 1, Jesus actually tells the disciples to wait before telling others the Good News. This is because we need the Spirit in order to share our faith. We can’t just rely on our own words or intentions. Thankfully, we receive the Spirit when we accept Jesus and we can continually pray for the Spirit to lead us into conversations, guide our words, and move in the hearts of others that they may believe in Christ. Know that you don’t have to be a great speaker or an outgoing person to share your faith. The Spirit of the Lord is with you and active in everything you do and say.
We are free
Freely you have received, freely give. Matthew 10:8. NIV
A lot of times, fear gets in the way of us sharing our faith. It is scary approaching someone you don’t know and sharing the Gospel with them; it is even scarier sharing the Gospel with a friend or someone you don’t think will understand. But, in Christ we are completely free. We are no longer bound by the opinions of others. We no longer have to worry about our reputation or how others perceive us. We know that Jesus is everything and the most true thing about us is how He sees us. Therefore, we can be bold in sharing our faith. We can take risks and open ourselves up to the Spirit. We can throw off our fears and lay them at the foot of the cross. We can freely give to others the truth that we have been given, and in doing so we acknowledge Christ for who He is.
We hope these truths encourage you to be bold in sharing your faith!