In this series, we have explored several ways to live our faith in order to reflect at least a portion of the awesomeness of our God to a watching world. We have emphasized the importance of not just externally changing our behaviors, but learning to love God and having this love flow into our actions in an INSIDE-OUT manner. Until now, we have looked at ways to live our faith that others can observe, without much in the way of interaction on our part. Even if people notice our lives of genuine faith, they won’t necessarily be transformed by it; each person must come to God individually to begin their faith journey.
In the book of Romans, chapter 10, the apostle Paul says, “‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?’” He states the obvious: how are others supposed to believe unless someone tells them? We must share our faith with others.
It’s been said, “Preach the gospel, and if necessary, use words”. However, that’s not a Biblical reference and it misses an important aspect of living our faith. Consistent actions matter a lot, but they must be paired with a verbal reason for the hope that we have (1 Peter 3:15). There are two main reasons that Christians shy away from sharing our faith: lack of knowledge and lack of courage.
The knowledge gap is fairly easy to overcome. The good news of eternal life can be summarized in just a few short verses (see AnEternalImpact.com/livingfaith2), yet most have never put in the short amount of time to learn them. Focus on these seven verses and you have the knowledge you need to communicate the truths of the gospel: John 3:16, Romans 3:23, 6:23, 5:8, 10:9-10, 13.
The toughest barrier for most to overcome, including myself, is a lack of courage. If someone had a free medicine that would cure all disease but didn’t tell anyone, people would be OUTRAGED. Believers in Christ know the way to eternal life, the most important thing our friends and family will ever know, yet we are often hesitant to talk with them. Sometimes there is a cost for talking about God; it could be embarrassment, our social standing, or our job; in some countries, our life. I would argue that the eternal costs of NOT sharing our faith are far greater and well worth whatever risk, real or perceived, there may be. In order to act in a courageous way (AnEternalImpact.com/courage2), we must consider these potential costs and let our convictions outweigh our fear.
I challenge us to share our faith as a powerful way to have an eternal impact on those around us.