“Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. (1 Peter 3:15 NLT)
It is not unusual for Christians to be hesitant about sharing their faith. We seem to have a natural reluctance to talk about God with people whom we feel are not believers. We can talk about Him at church and when we are with Christian friends, but to talk to a non-believer about our faith in an unseen God is a scary thing.
Paul says we must always be ready to explain our hope. Why do we hesitate?
- I don’t know enough about the Bible
- I am just learning myself, how can I share with someone else?
- I don’t put things into words very well
- I am naturally shy
- I don’t do well with strangers
- I am afraid they will make fun of me
- They may know the Bible better than I do
I have good news for you! God does not expect you to be a Bible scholar, able to quote a long list of scriptures. He is more than aware of your perceived short-comings in your ability to speak or interact with strangers. He can help with all of that. God only wants you to honestly share what He has done in your life. Just make a simple statement such as, “I believe Jesus died on the cross to save me from my sinful life and restore my relationship with God. Accepting that, He has changed my life and I am happily following Jesus every day”.
Any follow-up discussion will be led by the Holy Spirit on your behalf. He will give you words and insights which will allow you to be an effective witness as you testify of what He has done in your life.
Lord, thank you for accepting me as one of you children. Please help me be an effective representative of your love for all. Amen.