When I grow up, I want to be like Frank (not his real name). He is a real Jesus fanatic. He jumps at every opportunity he gets to share the gospel with anyone who cares to listen – and often times with those that don’t. Frank is the kind of Christian that would make you think you are failing Christ by not being as passionate about witnessing as he is. But even though I may not be as crazy he as he is, I also share my faith in my own way. In case you are like me, don’t worry – there are some awesome practical ways of sharing the gospel without looking like a fanatic (although I think being labeled a fanatic for Jesus is actually a good thing!) And I am more than happy to share these practical tips with you.
But first, let me set the stage.
Just before Jesus ascended to heaven, he left the disciples with the following marching orders;
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
~ Mathew 28:19, NIV
We call it the great commission and as an author once observed, we have unfortunately turned the great commission into the great omission. The modern Christian is so complacent with the status quo that they do not bother to share their faith with those around them. If the early church apostles had approached this command as casually as we do, the gospel would not have reached some of us by now. The Bible calls Jesus Christ the head of the church (Ephesian 5:23) and then it calls the church the body of Christ 1 Cor. 12:27). Just like it is in the natural sense, the head will rely on the other parts of the body for lots of things. We are the mouth that will communicate the message of the head. We are the feet that will take the gospel to the ends of the earth.
Practical ways to share your faith
Most Christians understand the need for sharing their faith with other people. But the challenge is they do not know how to get about it. The good news is sharing your faith is not as complicated as you may think. Here are some Practical ways to share your faith with your colleagues, friends, and family.
- Inspire the “why” – lead a life that will make those around you want to know why
- Invite a friend to church – they might hear the sermon and decide to get saved
- Use a gospel tract – Probably the easiest way to share the gospel with strangers
- Share your testimony – Never underestimate the power of your testimony.
Inspire the “why”
The WWJD bracelets were very popular when I was growing up. They were meant to remind the wearer to always respond to situations the way Christ would – by pausing and asking, What Would Jesus Do? Even though it might not seem like it, this is one of the best ways of sharing your faith with those around you. If you model your life after the pattern Christ set, you will inevitably attract people to you. Let’s say you are a single girl in your mid-twenties who was living a chaste life. Mentioning to other girls that you are virgin will most likely attract the why question. Or maybe you are employed in a company and you refuse to pinch office supplies as your colleagues do. They will probably start wondering why. Eventually, one of your colleagues will master the courage to ask you why you live the way you do. And that would be an awesome opportunity to share the gospel with them.
A pastor friend narrated a story of a young man that got a bag in a hotel lobby. He tried asking the receptionist if someone had lost a bag but the receptionist told him to keep it. He left his number with her just in case someone came looking for their bag. When he got home, he opened the bag to see if he could get a document that would help him trace the bag’s owner and to his utter amazement, the bag was lined with wands of notes. He counted the money and it amounted to several millions (I don’t recall the exact amount). To cut the long story short, the owner of the bag eventually called him and the young man returned it to him – with all the money intact. The businessman was shocked. He asked the million-dollar question (pun intended) “Why did you return the bag to me?” to which the young man replied, “I am a born again Christian. I can’t steal. ” What a powerful witness!
You may not pick a bag with millions but every day, you will get an opportunity to represent Christ – in your speech, in your conduct and even in the way you work. Always aspire to inspire the why question.
Invite your friend to church
This is an often overlooked and yet one of the most powerful and practical ways to share your faith with your friends. There is something about being in the presence of a loving Christian community. I am assuming your church is a loving Christian community. You may not know how best to witness to your friend but if you invite them to your church; they might just decide to follow Jesus after hearing the sermon. But it is not just the sermon that can inspire people to get saved. God can use almost any part of the service to draw men and women to himself – it could be the music, the testimony, the love of God in the atmosphere, or some other inexplicable thing.
Do not neglect the power of inviting your friends to church. There are some churches that organize special evangelistic services. Take advantage of such. Or maybe there is a traveling evangelist visiting your church or town. You never know how the Lord will touch a friend you invite to these meetings. Even if they do not get saved at the meetings, the word they hear will be a seed that will keep growing and eventually, they will decide to get saved. Paul put it this way,
I planted the seed, Apollos watered it,
but God has been making it grow.
~ 1 Corinthians. 3:6, NIV
Do not get discouraged by the fact that your sinner friends didn’t get saved when you invited them to church. God will continue to make the seed that was planted and eventually, it will bear fruit.
Use a gospel tract
As old-fashioned as it may sound, using a gospel tract is still one of the most practical ways to share your faith with others. I know a friend who never travels without several of them in his pocket. There are two ways of using a gospel tract – one is to give them to the person you wish to share your faith with and encourage them to go through it. The second approach is to take them through the tract. The second approach is the most effective way. Most people are very polite in nature and will not outright reject a tract you want to give them. But unfortunately, most of them will only accept it because they do not want to make you feel bad and will dump it as soon as you are out of sight. For better results, ask them for a couple of minutes to go through the tract with them.
Dr. Bill Bright designed one of the most widely used gospel tracts which he christened, the four spiritual laws (Amazon Link). In fact, any Christian that is looking for practical ways to share their faith should probably start here. I have used this tract before and I was really amazed at how simple it easy for anyone to use to start sharing their faith. You just start by asking someone, “have you heard of the four spiritual laws?” In most cases, they will answer no. and that opens for you a door to take them through the tract. It should take 1-5 minutes to finish the presentation. And the booklet has some visuals too so using it is pretty easy. Order your copy from Amazon here
Use a personal testimony
In Revelation 12:11, the scripture reveals just how powerful a testimony can be.
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb,
and by the word of their testimony;
and they loved not their lives unto the death.
~ Revelation 12:11, NKJV
There is nothing as compelling as a personal testimony. This is why companies spend lots of time trying to get client testimonials. Think about it – when you are shopping on Amazon, you probably head over to the “testimonials” first before you even read the product description. Its human nature – we do not want to buy something that is not working. This same is true of Christianity – if your friends can hear your testimony, it will help them to realize that Christianity is actually working. There are so many misconceptions out there that might be stopping someone from believing but sharing a personal experience can help them get saved.
Never shy away from sharing your testimony. It might just be the tool God will use to draw a sinner to himself. Think of a hard time that you went through without losing your mind and share the experience with a friend. Let them see how your faith in God helped you through the tough time. Talk to them of the time your faith in God opened a door for you. Share about the time God healed you or provided for you miraculously. Every Christian has a testimony of God’s goodness because as the scripture says, He loads us daily with benefits (psalms 68:19). Not everyone can preach the gospel but everyone can share their testimony. So you really do not have an excuse for not sharing your faith.
So there you have it – 4 simple and yet very practical ways to share your faith. Get started today and help the Lord return sooner. That’s right – he said in his word he shall not return until the gospel has been preached to everyone (Mathew 24:14). The more you sit on your laurels, the longer we will have to wait. The more we share our faith with others, the sooner he will return. Stop waiting for his return because Jesus is actually waiting for you to put on the sandals of the gospel of peace to work!