When we leave a store, depart an event, or encounter a friend we’re usually compelled to throw out something positive, or at least non-offending, like: “see you later”,” good to see you”, “love this cool weather!” Or the standard “have a good day!”
But couldn’t we do more with some opportunities? Are we missing divine appointments? Maybe we could try to do “something rather than nothing” to share our faith sometimes.
Life is busy, it’s hard to get just a few seconds to talk – especially to strangers. This makes witnessing a challenge. Besides, many of us are a little insecure about sharing our faith. Here’s an easy way to be doing “something rather than nothing” about sharing our faith.
Next time you walk away from an encounter (the grocery checkout, the plumber at your house, wherever) try asking:
“Hey, you DO know Jesus, don’t you?”
The responses might surprise you:
- Some say “yes”, but you might cause them to re-examine their faith, and that’s good.
- Some say “yes”, and it’s a lie to shut you up. But you’ve planted a seed and the Lord can grow it using another faithful follower.
- Some will say “no”, and you can give them a tract or invite a conversation.
Any of the above scenarios might create an opportunity to talk further (e.g., to confirm theirs isn’t a works-based faith, which is often the case). We should pray for courage, and the right words, when opportunities for deeper discussion arise. But regardless, with that simple question you have done “something rather than nothing.” Try it just one time – it will leave you encouraged, excited, satisfied and emboldened. You’ll want to do it again.
You might wonder how this relates to our “stronger together” theme. I would contend that our group’s strength, character and success are determined by the faith, obedience, and discipline of each of us individual Christians in our daily walk. Being “stronger together” isn’t about what the group does – that mindset allows subconscious reliance on everybody else doing their part. How strong we are together depends on what each individual commits to do in their life. And for Christians, that should include sharing our faith. Consider these convicting verses:
Acts 1:8 – But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
2 Corinthians 5:20 – We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
Psalm 107:2 – Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—those he redeemed from the hand of the foe.
Psalm 107:42-43 – The upright see and rejoice, but all the wicked shut their mouths. Let the one who is wise heed these things and ponder the loving deeds of the Lord.
To summarize, these scriptures tell me:
If I have the Holy Spirit, I will be a witness. I’m supposed to be acting like an ambassador, allowing God to make His appeal through me. If I’m redeemed I should tell my story. I should be rejoicing and not keeping my mouth shut.
Personally, I’ll be looking more for opportunities to share, or at least plant seeds, and have the Lord work through me. I know I could do it more, but I’m stepping out in faith more than I used to – and I plan to continue stepping out and growing.
Come join me. I guarantee it’ll be exciting, and God will bless our efforts – both individually and as a group – making us Stronger Together!