All Christians should desire the opportunity to share their faith in Jesus with someone who isn’t saved, but often enough Christians don’t do it properly. The offensive street preachers, the condemning zealots or the passive Christian scaredy-cats all have their own way of sharing their faith and most of them are ineffective or off-putting to the non-believer. So I have compiled a list for you of 5 questions that you should ask YOURSELF before you share Jesus.
5. Are you pursuing a life in relationship with Jesus?
Our personal example of our actions and reactions often speak louder than any sermon. How do you portray Jesus, do you live as if Jesus has redeemed you or do you live like every other person around you? If there is no difference between you and someone unsaved, what difference will they consider in accepting Jesus’ sacrifice?
4. Are you prepared for a no answer?
The bible speaks clearly that each of us serve a purpose in the planting and sowing process. Are you able to accept when someone just isn’t interested? Are you prepared to continue on in a way that is not reminiscent of a multi-level marketer? You cannot give up just because someone has countered you.
3. Are you ready to answer some tough questions?
Even if you don’t have the answer to those questions, do you know someone or somewhere to reference. Recognizing Jesus as Lord and Savior is not a decision to be made lightly and there will be questions from people asking such things as “what’s next” or “what about this and that?” It’s important to not leave someone hanging in wonder or doubt.
2. Do you understand the significance of repentance?
Repenting is turning away from something. When we acknowledge Jesus’ death as being for our sin we must also acknowledge that we are in fact sinners and must learn to recognize sin and turn away from it. It is not mere words or a phrase that saves someone, it’s accepting Jesus as sent from God as a sacrifice for the destruction of our sin and payment for our sin.
1. (Most Important) Do you have a relationship with the individual?
Knowing someone on an intimate level makes it much easier to share with them your own faith. It means that they know you and you know them. They can see how Jesus is Lord in your life and are able to see how you live that out loud. I have never been one for bible bashing or forced salvation, instead building relationships with the people around you opens so many more doors than exposing their sin. God makes many promises and His word not returning void is one of them. As you live out the Word in your own life it has an effect on the things around you. There is a quote I have heard in the past and I find it to be applicable when it comes to sharing God’s love and salvation, “You may be the only bible people ever read” [sic].
How do you share Jesus with others?