“But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?” Romans 10:14
If I were to ask you what your two greatest fears are when it comes to sharing your faith, what would they be? Maybe it’s awkward, maybe you are afraid you will not have all the answers, or maybe you are afraid you are the reason someone will choose not to be a Christian. If we are going to be honest, sharing our faith is not always easy. We can come up with more reason not to than we do to evangelize. Deep down we know we should but we are afraid to break down those walls.
In most people’s cases there are two common fears in sharing their faith: fear of rejection and fear of failure. What I want to do is encourage you to not let these fears overcome you. I have absolutely experienced both of these in sharing my faith. I have used the excuses, and am embarrassed to admit tried to justify staying silent.
1. Fear of Rejection
Nobody likes to be rejected. I hated asking girls on dates before I met Kandace because I never wanted to hear “No thanks.” What a silly fear. The worst the person could do was say no. We often experience this fear when we attempt to share our faith. Here are a couple of things to remember:
-If you are rejected be rejected for the right reasons.
-It’s harder to be happier in this life than being rejected for His name
-“The most joyous people are the persecuted church” -Dr. Bruce Ashford, SEBTS Provost. Dr. Ashford saw this firsthand and Acts shows us this evidence as well.
-Don’t take it personally, most of the time they do not even know you.
-Remember what Jesus said in Luke 10:16
2. Fear of Failure
No one likes to fail either. Getting an F on a test, not making a team, or simply not doing what you were supposed to do. Failing is never something that is reflected positively. It is the idea of letting someone down and disappointing them, and in this case that person is Christ. Here are some reminders on the fear of failure.
-How can you grow in faith if you do not risk failure? Take the risk, live and learn. You will become better and more natural in sharing your faith.
-Someone rejecting you is not failure. Remember Luke 16:10.
-The best way to understand failure is to understand our task. Our task was commanded by Jesus, and He did not win everyone over and neither will you.
-God saves people not us.
-Our job is to take the gospel from our mouth to their ears. God will get it from their ears to their hearts.
-Success is judged by your faithfulness.
-Sharing your faith is not failing because you are obeying the call from Christ. Not sharing your faith is failure.
So I encourage us all not to be afraid to share our faith. Let us do so joyfully at work, school, and where ever life may take us. Evangelism is not just for mission trips or VBS, but it is in every part of our lives. What you talk a lot about is what you love, let that be Jesus for us Christians. Paul writes these words in the fourth chapter of Colossians. At the end is a threefold prayer I encourage us all to pray daily. Live with the mindset if I do not tell them, then who will?
“At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak” Colossians 4:3-4
A threefold prayer in sharing your faith:
“Lord, open a door. Lord, open their heart. Lord, open my mouth.”