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

DEVOTION – JUNE 2, 2019

Sharing our faith is a central element to being a Christian. We are compelled out of love to talk to those who do not believe as we do. So, why is it so hard? Why do we shy away and shrink back from those who challenge our faith as Hebrews 10 reminds us not to do?

Well, for me and my journey of faith, it really came down to one question: why am I a Christian?

For a long time, I had very superficial answers: “My parents are Christians” or “Because I want to be a good person.” These answers are fine, but really don’t matter at the end of the day. Sure, they influenced my faith (I am blessed with amazing parents who raised us in church), but these answers never compelled me to share my faith with others. Someone else’s faith–or lack of faith–is their own. My faith is private and none of their business. Right?

As I read scripture and learned more about life as a Christian, I realized I couldn’t be more wrong. My faith is not private. It’s personal, but it’s not private. We are not called to be private; we are called to share our testimony of what God has done.

In Mark 5, we see Jesus heal a demon-possessed man and instead of allowing the man to join his ministry, Jesus commands him to “go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” The man does this and it says people from all over the region came to faith!

In John 4, Jesus has his encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well. After their talk, she goes home and “many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony.”

There are two things I love about these stories. The first is the people are not “religious elites” who have it all figured out, or church people with all the answers. They are broken and need of a Savior. The second is after their encounter with Christ, they could not keep quiet!

After I realized this, I asked myself: am I quiet because I have not had an encounter with Christ? Would I have a story of how much the Lord has done in my life?

I dove headfirst into studying how to share my faith. As an introvert, this is not natural! I found Greg Koukl, a Christian apologist and president of Stand to Reason, very helpful. He says we have to use knowledge, wisdom, and character when we share our faith. We have to know our faith. That question–why am I a Christian?–kept popping up!

We have to know when to talk about our faith, and we have to know how to talk about it. Half the battle of sharing my faith is confidence. I want to win! But that’s not our call. Converting someone is ultimately the Holy Spirit’s problem. Our job is to “put a stone in their shoe,” as Koukl says, so that later on down the road they may remember the conversation and reflect on God.

I will end with three challenges for you:

  1. Why are you a Christian? Try to be clear and concise. An answer that can be given on an elevator ride.
  2. How does that answer and your story point to the Good News of Christ?
  3. Share your story of what the Lord has done in your life with someone this week.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the work you have done in our lives. We pray that we are stirred to share our faith with others and share the hope that is only found through Christ. Be with us and give us wisdom and good character to be ambassadors of Christ to a hurting world in need of this life-changing message.

In Jesus’ holy and precious name,

Amen.

Matt Cartwright

Director of Communications
mcartwright@crossings.church

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