As we approach Easter, our opportunity to share the Gospel to the world, I’ve been thinking about just how scary personal evangelism can be, especially in the current climate of hostility toward Christianity.
We are called to be witnesses, no matter how difficult it may seem. Witnessing in its most basic form is sharing one’s own faith story.
Do you have a personal faith narrative you share with others? Perhaps you sometimes console yourself for not speaking up with the thought that your life is your testimony of faith, along the lines of “walking the walk, not just talking the talk.” But is this enough?
My story is my personal piece of the Good News and therefore my responsibility to share in response to the Great Commission.
While you may feel uncomfortable witnessing, either one-on-one or to a group, when the LORD presents you with an opportunity it is important to step up.
We must consciously prepare our personal narrative and be unashamed in sharing it whenever and wherever the situation arises and the Spirit leads. It isn’t enough to be a silent witness for Christ.
“Silent Witness” is a British TV series about the forensic clues found on a murder victim. In contrast, the body of Jesus Christ is alive. His followers are living, breathing evidence of His goodness and grace. We need to not only walk the walk, but we must also testify to everyone we meet just why we walk as we do, and what a difference Jesus has made in our lives.
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,1 Peter 3:15 NIV