Think about the day that you were saved. Maybe this was recent, or maybe this was long ago. No matter when or how it happened, that day is always a game changer. After that day, life never goes back to normal. After you were saved, did you want to share Jesus with others? When our life changes dramatically in such a positive way, we either want to tell the whole world and go into it blindly, or we get nervous about talking about Jesus and don’t know how to begin.
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Start Talking About Jesus to Others
However, we have so many souls in this world that have not said yes to Jesus because they have been severely hurt by the church, and in turn, that has stopped them from a personal relationship with Jesus. There are lots of reasons why people leave the church, but one of the largest reasons is due to what they feel is the hypocrisy as a whole.
When I say “the church”, I am not referring to any specific denomination or group of people. No matter what type of church, so many people in today’s world have been spoken hateful words by Christians as a whole, which is a huge reason why people leave the church. All of these people will not be so easily opened to people talking about Jesus because they will connect it directly with the hypocrisy they have experienced.
So how do we share Jesus with others that don’t understand the feeling that we are having? How can we be comfortable talking about Jesus without offending others and pushing them farther away from a personal relationship with Him? If Christians can learn how to talk about God without trying to push people into anything, we can start figuring out how to spread the good news that Jesus offers.
This can be done in four steps: Pray, listen, share, and walk.
Sometimes we want to jump right into talking about Jesus to everyone, but we are merely Jesus’ hands and feet. We need to do everything according to His will. When we go along with His plan instead of ours, it may bring us out of our comfort zone, but it is also where real work happens in His name.
If we feel called to tell a specific person about Jesus, we need to pray to God to open our heart to understanding this person before we start. Praying also brings God into the picture. Without inviting Him into the conversation, we are merely just talking to someone about a way our life was changed. With praying first and inviting God, we are inviting the spirit into all people on both sides in the conversation.
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The best way I can show this is through a simple exercise. If you have a Bible near you, open it to a random page and read a random chapter. Don’t think too much about it, just flip to it and read it.
Now, take a moment to stop reading this and to pray to God. Pray to Him for discernment. Pray for understanding why those words are in His book. Ask for guidance and inspiration. If you do this wholeheartedly, giving it all to God, then go back and read that same chapter. See what a difference it makes!
Every part of our life can change by praying first. Talking about Jesus is no different. This could even be at the beginning of the day just for general guidance if you happen to be in the position to talk about God- pray each morning for guidance on how to talk about God and how to share Jesus with others.
Many of us know the Bible verse from James 1:19: “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” A lot of us may even use this often with our kids (and try to use it ourselves!). It is a great verse because it puts into practice the best way to have Godly conversations.
If we have a verse that is common knowledge to us, it is important for us to occasionally go back and read the whole chapter that surrounds that verse. For example, in James 1, there is a verse that builds onto this idea of being quick to listen even more.
God gives us two important steps in this in regards to how to share Jesus with others
- Look at orphans and widows in distress
- Keep oneself from being polluted by the world
When it comes to talking about Jesus, we need to “look” toward the people that are in distress. That verse does not jump into how to fix people or how to preach to people, it simply says “look.” This means listening to people. We don’t know if someone is an orphan, widow, or has been through any other type of distress until we listen to their story.
Just like you may have a personal testimony about how you were saved and now all you want to do is keep talking about Jesus, the person you are with may have a personal testimony about why they left the church, and/or terrible things that happened to them when they went to church.
Our job is never to change people. Our job is to lead people to Jesus, and let Him do the rest of the work. Listening to people’s stories is crucial in this. Everyone has a story, and it matters. If it didn’t, God would not have bothered creating them. We will never know how to talk about God until we know how to listen.
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Share Your Personal Testimony
Once you have prayed about this person and listened to their story, then the part that people normally jump into first comes: sharing your personal testimony.
Here are some reminders about your personal testimony:
It is about Him.
One of my favorite songs is My Story by Big Daddy Weave. One of the lyrics in the songs says “to tell you my story is to tell of Him.” This is crucial when talking about Jesus with others; it should all be about Him and how great He is, and the great things He has done in your life.
Help people develop a relationship over religion.
A lot of us are part of denominations of Christianity that we feel is the best way to connect with God. Others of us do not identify with a particular denomination. No matter how you are affiliated with the Christian church, take a step back and make sure that your testimony is not under the lens of a particular denomination. We want to make sure that we are helping those learn that they can have a personal relationship with God first over any specific types of Christianity. Someone needs to first understand the larger picture of God’s plan for them before diving into anything else.
The perfect personal testimony is not always the best testimony.
Your story matters and your story has the potential to change lives. Make sure that your personal testimony is truly your own, and that you did not alter anything that happened in your life.
The reason that this is so important is that you may feel that your testimony is “boring”. There is no such thing as a boring testimony. If Jesus came in and changed your life, it is a big deal! Maybe you are a pastor’s kid that always grew up in church, and never had a “defining” moment that you were saved. That is amazing! It’s okay to talk about how you have always been with Jesus, and how that has affected your life. Talk about how you always knew how to talk about God and the remarkable things that have happened because of it.
It does not have to be rehearsed.
You may have a general “elevator pitch” of how to share Jesus with others, and that is a great thing to have in your back pocket. However, if a time comes that you don’t use that, that is fine as well. The spirit leads us in amazing ways, and sometimes talking about Jesus will lead us to discuss something else that happened in our life because of Him. I call these “micro testimonies”. God didn’t show up in my life once and then never appear again! He is constantly working in our lives so we may end up sharing a different personal testimony with different people, and that is okay.
So many of us share the good news of Jesus, then leave it at that. However, sharing Jesus with others involves more than simply talking about Jesus. If you read any of the first four books of the New Testament that speak about Jesus' life, it is filled with all the good works that He did, not just the sermons he preached or the parables that he taught.
The good works of Jesus in today's world come through us being His hands and feet. This means that since He is not on this Earth anymore, we need to do the work through Him and for Him, equipped with the Holy Spirit inside of us. This is helpful to do after speaking about Jesus because most people don't learn by just listening to words, they respond to action! (Imagine a teacher that just presents a lecture versus a teacher that lectures and follows it up with an interactive lesson.)
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If someone is going through a challenging time and you talk to them about Jesus, follow through what you talked about with the walk. Ask them how you can help. Ask how you can pray for them. Check in on them. Follow-up with them. You never know when you are the only person that follows through like that.
By taking these four steps, we can be more effective than ever in showing people that not everyone represents hypocrisy in the church. We can learn how to share Jesus with others by meeting them where they are at.
Five Bible Verses about Witnessing to Others
A lot of people have a “life verse”, and this is mine. It is easy to get caught up in this life, but when we realize that our time is short here but our time in Heaven is eternal, it changes the whole game. We have a task to share Jesus with others. We no longer have to be scared of the consequences of talking about Jesus, or any other worldly issues. We can simply share our experience without fear because this life is nothing in comparison of what is to come.
“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” Acts 20:24 NIV
Jesus himself says that these are the two most important things. This means that we can only witness to others if love is involved. Without love, we cannot follow the most important commandments. So when you listen, make sure it is about your love for God as well as His love for us, and make sure that you love people when you share Jesus with others. We can never bring someone to Christ by pointing out their sins, but we can by loving them and telling them that Jesus does too.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31 NIV
When you delight in the Lord enough to share Jesus with others, He will make your steps firm. It may be scary stepping out in faith and talking about Jesus, but the Lord is going to lift you up and be there when you need Him. You may even find yourself saying words you didn’t plan to say, that is the Spirit working in you and guiding you.
“The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in Him, though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.” Psalm 37:23-24 NIV
We never know when God is going to use us. We never know when the perfect moment will come, so it is important to be ready. This way, if the time comes, we can do it the way Jesus would want us to do: gently, with respect.
“…but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, 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 NIV
This is the most important part of witnessing to others. You may meet many people in your life that are open to talking about Jesus, but try to be the one that ha actions that match it to the point that no one can deny Him!
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in Heaven.” Matthew 5:16 NIV
Are you talking about Jesus with others? What are some ways that you are sharing the gospel to let others know how wonderful life can truly be through Christ? We'd love to hear your comments below!
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