You already know how. The truth is, all of us know how to share Christ with someone else. We are all evangelists. The question is, what are we evangelists of? Some of us are evangelists of a new trend we are enjoying, maybe a new weight loss product or workout regimen. For others, it is a favorite sport or past time. We spread the news about our favorite team, or maybe our kids, or our chosen political party or candidate. Evangelism is simply sharing a message. That’s what the word means.
We are all really good at talking about ourselves. We readily share what makes us happy, what makes us tick, or what makes us angry. We feel no tension in revealing to others a myriad of topics. We can’t wait at times to relay the newest and most exciting thing we’ve experienced. So, why are we so hesitant to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others? Why do we feel we need some type of training, or system, or degree?
1) FEAR: Let’s be honest. Most of the time we are afraid of being rejected or viewed as a fanatic. We don’t share that fear when it comes to promoting essential oils, or protein shakes, or restaurant deals. Why? Because those things made a felt difference in our lives and we want others to benefit. So why should we be ashamed or shy about sharing the difference Jesus has made in our lives?
2) PRESSURE: People don’t want to hear it, right? Faith is supposed to be personal. You do what’s right for you. This only goes as far as a political stance, or if you heard “Laurel” or “Yanny”, or if toilet paper should roll over or under. Why should we be worried about offending people with the Gospel when we are not nearly concerned about doing so in areas that don’t matter one bit? The Gospel is never to be kept personal.
3) EXPERTISE: This is a big one. We worry we will mess it up. We might not say the right thing, we might get it wrong. There are two things here – Share what you know and learn what you don’t. This is true of every pursuit of your life. It is never an issue when talking about any other area of our lives. It is always okay to say, “I don’t know”, or “Let’s find out together”. Be encouraged. Jesus promises us that the Holy Spirit will give us the words to say when we need them.
4) SILENT WITNESS: Many people ascribe to, “Share the gospel, and if necessary, use words.” That sounds good, but it’s often a copout. The truth is words are ALWAYS necessary. How will people ever know what Jesus has done for them unless you tell them? Otherwise, they might think you’re just a nice person.
The reality is that we do not share Christ, because it is uncomfortable. The enemy will give us any number of justifications, fears, alternatives, and excuses we need. He does not want people to find the hope, peace, joy, forgiveness, freedom, and eternal life that Jesus provides. Stop listening to him.
There is one other possibility. It may be that you can’t share what you haven’t experienced. Perhaps you have never actually trusted Christ to save you. Maybe you’ve even grown up in or joined a church, but you have not been and are not continually being converted. You cannot share what you don’t know. If that is you, I would encourage you to trust Jesus today. I would love to talk with you about who Jesus is and what he has done for you. It will change your life.