Sharing Your Story
As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him. And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled.
– Mark 5:18-20
Telling others about Jesus is one of the greatest things we, as Christians, can do. Unfortunately, it’s also something most Christians find to be the scariest thing they do (or don’t do). I think our fear of sharing the Gospel usually come from two things, the fear the message will be rejected and the fear that the person will feel like we are forcing our beliefs on them.
The Fear the Message Will Be Rejected:
While I understand this fear, I also have great comfort for you. The Scriptures repeated tell us that it is God who creates faith in people, not the person sharing the Gospel nor even the person hearing the Gospel. We share the message and God does the rest. The Scriptures also tell us that God’s Word will not return void. In other words, we can trust that when we share the Gospel with others, God will work through it as He promises. That doesn’t necessary mean that the person will become a faithful Christian, but it does mean God will work in their heart. So, we don’t have to fear because it’s neither up to us to “convert” the person and we can trust that God will do what He promises.
The Fear the Person Will Feel Like We are Forcing Our Beliefs On Them:
“You believe what you want to believe, but don’t force your beliefs on me.” We’ve all hear this said. Maybe not in person, but certainly on TV. Sometimes when sharing the Gospel, we can feel like we are overstepping our bounds; but isn’t it interesting that we don’t feel like that when we talk about our favorite movie or band or when we talk about what we did over the weekend. These are normal things to talk about as we share our lives with others.
Sharing our lives with others can often be the easiest way to share the Gospel. Too often we treat sharing the Gospel like we’re selling something. Instead, what if we treated talking about God the same we do talking about our weekend or that crazy thing that happened on the way to work. By sharing how God has worked in your life, it can take the “sales-y-ness” (perhaps not a real word) away and make it simply talking about what’s going on in your life.
When we read Acts 22:1-21, we see Paul doing this. He shares the Gospel with the people, but he does it by telling his story.
So, what’s your story?
We all a story, in fact we probably have many stories. This doesn’t have to be a heroing tale of going from a life of drugs and prostitution to a clean, happy, Christian life. It doesn’t even have to be your story of how you came to faith, though it may be. It could be talking about how God has provided for you or how God has helped you through some struggle.
Take a few moments to think about some of the ways God has worked in your life and write them down.
Share Your Thoughts:
- Tell us about a time when you shared a God-story with a friend.
- Share one of your stories in the comments below.