Our church points people to Jesus, and inspires them to live the cross shaped life. When Jesus called His disciples, the first thing they did was go and tell their family members about Jesus (John 1:41-42). Pointing people to Jesus will not only impact positively the lives of others, but it will cause you to grow in your own faith, as well. Pointing people to Jesus is intentionally seeking opportunities to share your faith with those around you. Your family, your friends, coworkers and associates. The Bible tells us we don’t need to be fearful or intimidated when it comes to telling others about Jesus. God is with us and will not leave us (Deuteronomy 3:16).
Who is your one?
A simple way to begin sharing your faith is to identify one person that you will share Jesus with over the next year. Just one. No matter your schedule, family, work and other demands, certainly you have the margin to share Jesus with just one person this year. Here’s how:
Identify the person. Write down their name, and keep it in a prominent place where you can recall it each and every day.
Pray. Ask God to open an opportunity to share your faith with that person. Be sensitive to spiritual opportunities in your life, work and conversations.
Know God’s story. Spend some time to learn a simple presentation of the Gospel. Instructions are available online here.
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes. Romans 1:16
Your Circle of Influence
Brainstorm names in each ring of your circle of influence and write them down. Begin to see each person you come into contact with as someone who may need to know Jesus. If you don’t know the name of a person, make it a point to find out the next time you come into contact with them. Here are some of the many kinds of people that you know...
Keep a Prayer Journal
To help you organize your prayer effort, keep a prayer journal. Begin with your immediately family, then extended family. If you are unsure if someone in your family is a Christ-follower, or know they are definitely not a Christ-follower, begin praying for their salvation. Then widen your circle to neighbors, coworkers, classmates, and others you know in the community.
Ask God to provide opportunities for you to begin spiritual conversations with them. Ask God to bring other Christ-followers into their life who may also join your effort to point them to Jesus. Keep an accurate record of each person and when you pray for them. Make notes as needs, crises and incidents arrive in a person’s life—these are often opportunities for you to be a spiritual influence.
As you pray, God will grant opportunities to talk about faith with those around you. Engaging in non-threatening conversations with your family, friends, coworkers and neighbors on spiritual topics is one of the best ways you can grow in confidence and experience as you begin to share your faith.
Talk About Your Faith
Scripture says we should always be ready to talk about our faith (1 Peter 3:15). In the New Testament we see examples of conversations about faith, with both deeply religious people, and those far from God. We see the Holy Spirit actually preparing for these conversations to take place (Acts 10:19-23). These conversations were honest, open and straightforward.
Conversations are opportunities to encourage, affirm, relate, acknowledge, listen, learn and engage. All of these are preferred to telling someone how to act, behave, the reason God may have allowed this or that, or any number of other negative or “spiritual authority” responses. The key to any good conversation which touches on spiritual matters is not to be talking in order to “make your point.” If your goal is eventually to share the Gospel with someone, going on a spiritual rant or wearing your Dr. Phil amateur psychologist badge won’t be helpful. Ask yourself, will having a conversation with this person be a positive experience for them? Think about how a conversation can be spiritually intentional:
Affirming. Is there something I can o er emotional support or encouragement about
Relating. Is there something that connects us in this experience or situation?
Listening. Am I truly taking in and processing what the other person is saying?
Learning. Am I learning something about this person, or myself, or the situation?
- Engaging. Is there a way I can be involved with this that is positive or helpful?
- Experiences. Do I have some practical experience about the topic I can add?
In your prayer time, ask God specifically to lead you to good spiritual conversations with those around you. Let the goal of these conversations be to learn about the person, so that you can pray for them. And be prepared. Be ready to listen to those who are interested in spiritual matters. Be ready to talk about Who Jesus is and what He has done and is doing in your life.
Prayer: God, develop in me a genuine interest in the lives of others, especially those who do not know You. As I interact with people each day, let my conversations naturally turn toward You. Help me to express my love for You and my dependence on You in a way that others will understand. Let my life and actions and speech point people to You. Amen.