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Go and make disciples of all nations: How do I share my faith as a Christian?

Published : 04/02/2015 16:33:48
Categories : Thought of the Week

One of the hardest things to do as Christians is to share our faith. Most of us get a good case of cold feet when the opportunity arises to tell someone about Jesus. We're often reluctant to share our faith for fear of having a person reject us and our message; yet God has given us clear marching orders to go into the world and preach the gospel, making disciples of all the nations (see Mark 16:15; Matthew 28:19, 20).

For some unknown reason, God has chosen to make His unsearchable riches through us! Knowing how imperfect we are, you might ask, "Why doesn't He just use His angels to do the job?" No doubt He has chosen us because He loves us and wants us to enter into the most exciting adventure of the Christian life next to conversion itself: the opportunity to be used by God! As 2 Chronicles 16:9 says, "For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him."

Witnessing is important for yet another reason. God has spiritually designated each of us with the need to both take in and give out. To fail to carry this out will result in spiritual stagnation! Proverbs gives us this pearl of truth: "The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself" (Proverbs 11:25).

Are you still uptight and nervous about sharing your faith? Relax. God has provided an antidote for cold feet, and He also has given us some sound principles that will enable us to lead others to Christ effectively. This antidote for our fear factor is a strong dose of boldness from the Holy Spirit. God will never ask us to accomplish anything He will not give us the power to perform. The calling of God is the enabling of God (see 2 Corinthians 3:4-6). If He has commanded us to go out and make disciples, we must be confident that He will be there to give us the ability to see the job through.

Along with the power of the Holy Spirit, however, we need to apply the principles of being "salt" and "light" so that we truly can be effective witnesses. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus provided some valuable insights on how we can do this (see Matthew 5:13-16). Take a moment to examine these important verses.

Authored by Greg Laurie. From 'Four keys to effectively share your faith' a resource available from

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