Hey guys! It’s Alyssa & I am so so glad that you are checking this out! I’m so sorry this is being posted so late in the day, school is really hitting me hard! Let’s get right into this!
Raegan and I were at our local Starbucks catching up and planning some exciting things this weekend. We were talking about our plans when I noticed something in the background that I couldn’t stop thinking about. There was this man sitting by himself, enjoying his cup of coffee. A woman went up to him (She was a Jehovah’s Witness) and began to share her faith with this man. I noticed as the conversation went on, it got more and more heated. This woman was shoving her beliefs in his face, and not being very respectful about it at all. He obviously was not interested as he didn’t believe in what she was telling him, yet she got mad when he expressed this. Regardless of what you believe in, this was not okay. Eventually the conversation ended, and it got me thinking.
Is this how I’m sharing my faith? Because my friends, that was not how God designed us to share the Gospel. We are called to love our neighbors. How can we show them love if we are shoving the Gospel down their throats and getting angry when they don’t respond the way we want them to? We need to love others in the exact same way that Christ loves us. He gave us the example of Jesus, why not follow it?
Romans 14:1 says “Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters.” We need to accept the fact that we may not be the one who gets to reap the harvest, but in contrast sow the seeds. We have the incredible opportunity to plant the seeds of the hope of the Gospel in others. We can’t expect that every time we have a Gospel conversation that we will get to see the Gospel “click”, and that is such a fundamental aspect of effective ministry.
It is also so important as Christians that we have our hearts open to what God may be telling us or calling us to do. I feel like so often when someone is sharing their faith that they think that they’re fine and nothing needs to change and their only focus is on on others. God speaks to everyone. Maybe He is telling you to completely change an aspect of your life or to reach out to someone, but you are so caught up in the concern of other’s faith that you are ignoring this. In 2 Corinthians, Paul is telling us to “… open our hearts also”. Our hearts need to be opened so that we can reach others!
When sharing our faith, it is so important to not focus on the number of people you prayed with to say Yes to Jesus .
As it says in Ephesians, “It is by GRACE you have been saved, through faith- and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- NOT BY WORKS, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, for which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:8-10.
God flat out tells us that we are not saved by the people we pray for salvation with, or how often we go to church. We are not saved by works, but by the grace of God Himself. So, when sharing your faith, do not focus on the numbers, but by the opportunities. Find opportunities to share your faith and be a light of Christ. God created us to share our faith, and He knew this from the very beginning. He designed us to love others deeply, with the love that Christ first gave us. He designed us to be sowers and harvesters, and to follow His calling.
As I wrap up, I encourage you all to think when sharing your faith. Think to yourself “If Jesus was right here right now doing this, would He do it that way? Would He treat them like that? Would He respond like that?”. I fully believe that thinking through these questions will change your ministry mindset and the nature of your conversations into a more Godly way.
I challenge you guys to find an opportunity to share your faith and do it “the Godly way” this week! Maybe it’s really loving on someone or asking how you can pray for someone. Comment down below how you plan to share YOUR faith!
Love you all so much! – Alyssa