Come face to face with the desperate need and importance of sharing your faith.
Written by Emma Roth
My eyes wandered down the long hallway. Today was the first day of being in a new school and facing the challenge of a new beginning. My mind wandered through all of the possibilities. Would I be accepted? Would I have to stand up for my beliefs? Would I become an outcast for my beliefs? Would I have to sit by myself? These questions clouded my mind. I could hardly see through the fog.
We as Christians are called to be like Christ. We are called to be different. Why then do we shy away from sharing the gospel and live out our faith in practical ways? I think for the most part, we fail to realise the desperate need for sharing our faith, and also fail to understand how we can actually share our faith, directly and indirectly.
The Need for Evangelism
‘Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit’. Matthew 28:19
The Joshua Project has said that it can still be estimated that 6,700 people groups are still unreached. If we were truly striving to fulfill the great commission, I do not think this would be the case.
All people need to come to Christ. If we could actually physically see the masses of people walking straight into hell, we would be witnessing on a much larger scale. If we truly believed and realised that hell is a real place, we would share the gospel so much more.
There is a need wherever you are to share your faith. You can be a missionary every day, right where you are. Besides the actual need, sharing the gospel is a direct command from God. Therefore when you choose to not witness, you are directly disobeying God.
The excuses that we make
- “I don’t have time”
If Jesus is the center of your life, then time will not be an issue. Witnessing and sharing the gospel is to be done while you are doing life. It should eventually become a natural part of your day. Are you focused on what God can give you, or what you can give God?
- “I’m too shy”
Are you just too comfortable to speak up about your beliefs? And if you really do just struggle with being shy, then you are the best person to witness to other shy people! Choose to transform your weakness into strength.
- “What if I don’t have all of the answers?”
You are NEVER going to know everything! That is not to say, that you should just go out and talk to people without knowing your faith and what you believe.
The list of excuses goes on and on but the point remains the same. We are too comfortable. As you realise the full weight of what Christ has done for you and everyone else on the cross, you will understand that you must go and tell people!
You can apply what you have learned (that evangelism is needed despite our excuses) in many different ways and you can be creative when you are considering this.
Here are some ways that I have been able to practically live out my faith and as a result been able to evangelize.
- Bring notecards with Bible verses that you are trying to memorise to school and work. This has opened up to so many conversations for me. This may have been the best thing I have ever done to make evangelism a part of my everyday life.
- The acts of simply not swearing and speaking kindly to people, will grab people’s attention, as they will notice and see the difference in you. People do notice the small things!
- Read your Bible every single day. If you are communing with God, then you will be able to speak about Christ throughout your day. By constantly feeding yourself on God’s word, talking about Christ will come more and more naturally.
These are just a few ways that you can choose to live out your faith. Be creative and come up with as many different ideas as you can. Use the comment section below to share stories and ideas.
As young people, we need to be an example to all believers. Christ should completely change how we live our lives.