We all have people in our lives that we desire to share Jesus with. A family member, friend, co-worker, neighbor. However, with our best intentions, we often don’t know how to go about sharing Jesus with them. We may know the gospel well but feel uncomfortable talking about it with others. I know how that goes. We want to but we fear what the outcome will be or how it will be received. It makes sharing Jesus more challenging than it should be. So, today I want to share with you 5 helpful tips that will assist in building the confidence we need to speak the gospel boldly to others.
1. Know your testimony. All believers have a testimony. We all know the exact moment Jesus called us to walk with Him. We know the circumstances or situations that caused us to seek Jesus. Everyone’s testimony of faith is unique to them and worth sharing. Know your testimony well and always be ready to give it when God moves you to. “…always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” (1 Peter 3:15)
2. Develop a friendship. This is an important part to being able to share the gospel with someone. It all begins with building a relationship with that person. By doing this, we are building trust. In building trust, they will be more apt to hear what you have to say to them, especially about Jesus. This friendship must be built on honesty and sincerity. Think about how Jesus ministered…in kindness and in love. He was sincere in his care for the lost.
3. Know their story. In sharing the gospel with someone, we must be sure we know them. Learn their story by being truly interested in who they are, their background, and so on. Be interested in their life honestly and wholeheartedly. Don’t pry but listen and learn as you grow that friendship. In being invested in them truthfully, they will be willing to hear about Jesus and the free gift of salvation through His death and resurrection. “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)
4. Be a good listener. James 1:19 says, “… let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak…” We can’t know their story if we don’t listen. Sometimes we can be so excited about sharing our faith in Jesus that we forget to listen to the one we’re sharing with. Being a good listener will help us know how and when to approach the topic of salvation when talking to our unsaved friend. Really desire to hear their story.
5. Seek the Lord for guidance. Most importantly, always seek the Lord for direction when desiring to share Jesus with others. God knows them so much better than us and will show us how to minister the gospel effectively and timely. We should always hold in prayer the person we desire to minister to as well as ourselves as we minister.
And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” (Mark 16:15) We are commanded to share Jesus with those around us.
We are to “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.” (Psalm 105:1) Sharing Jesus with others is a wonderful calling and one we should embrace without fear. One note I want to make here: even if you are the one who has nurtured a heart to know Jesus but they pray to receive Jesus through another avenue (church, christian concert, pastor, etc), do not be disappointed it was not with you. You did just as God had planned. Your role was important in that person’s salvation. Instead, be grateful and receive your fellow believer into God’s family with JOY.