It is scary to share your faith story with someone. What if they laugh? What if they yell at me? Ask questions I don’t know the answers to? I can’t share my faith story with someone. I’m not good enough.
Sometimes telling another person about Jesus Christ can feel like a sales pitch. We need to be a good salesman, like on those Informercials enticing us with a product we never heard of but somehow need to have in our lives right now. The pitch highlights the product’s features and uses those infamous phrases like,
“But wait there’s more!”
“If you call in the next 5 minutes…”
Oh those lines. They can be oh so powerful.
Who hasn’t fallen for them at one time or another? Flowbie, anyone?
Have no fear fellow disciples. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is quite powerful all on its own. It does not rest on our sales ability to impact lives. We simply need to share what we have personally experienced. Through our willingness to tell another person our own faith story the Holy Spirit then reaches out to the individual with God’s unconditional love and grace.
The Samaritan woman at the Well from the 9th chapter of the Gospel of John is an example we all can learn from in the art of sharing one’s faith story.
She encountered Jesus at the well and could not wait to tell everyone about her experience with Him. She immediately went and told everyone about Him. She did not perfect her ‘sales pitch’ first. She didn’t wait until she had more knowledge about Him. She left immediately left, ran back into town and said what she witnessed.
Because of her sharing the entire town went out to meet Him and came to believe in Him. A whole town was saved by the Gospel simply by one woman telling her story with Jesus.
No gimmicks. No schtick. Just her story pointing back to Jesus Christ so He can transform lives.
Storytelling is powerful. It connects the listeners with the storyteller. The storyteller is sharing a part of her own life, connecting with others in an authentic way. A resolved faith is one where a person commits to sharing her story of faith. The Gospel of Jesus Christ stands alone and does not need our ‘tricks’ to be effective. The Gospel is the one that transforms lives, not us. The Apostle Paul demonstrates to us how to share the Gospel without any tricks. He tells the believers in Corinth:
“And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.” (1 Cor. 2:1-5)
As a disciple of Jesus Christ we are called to tell our story. To share our experience with Jesus Christ and allow the Holy Spirit to transform the person’s life.
Through our words and actions, living the missional life of a disciple is the witness we can give of the Gospel. Being present with others and having the willingness to share our story is our responsibility. Transformation is the Holy Spirit’s responsibility.
This Week’s Challenge:
- Write/doodle your faith story. How/when have you experienced Jesus Christ in your life? Why do you love Jesus?
- Share your story with a friend this week. Don’t worry about having it perfect. Simply be you, be authentic. Watch the Holy Spirit work through you.