Sharing the Faith

The Apostle Paul wrote “I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.” (Philemon 1:6, NIV)

I’ve confessed in the past how much easier I found it to walk the Walk among strangers than alongside friends who know me not as a Christian but as the wild and crazy guy next door. It is a weakness I’ve expended considerable effort working to overcome and I’m making progress in conquering it. Increasingly I find myself talking with friends, neighbors, coworkers and family about my church relationships, ministry work and belief in God as Creator and Jesus as Savior.

It should come as no surprise the more often I conduct myself as a representative of Christ, not only in deed but also in word, the easier it becomes to share my faith and enjoy doing it! No longer do I wait to be in “the right place” or for someone else to be first to open the discussion about faith. In fact, I now pray for opportunities to serve others and share the good news of the Gospel. Jesus said “I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.” (John 16:23) Indeed he does, for it seems everywhere I turn these days there is an opportunity for a conversation about the Kingdom.

How wonderful it is that God gives us the opportunities to put into action what we profess to believe. All thanks goes to Him who gives me strength and courage in answer to my prayers.

Do you see fruit in your life? Are you active in sharing your faith? I pray that you will pray for the courage and opportunity to tell others what the blood of Christ has done for you!

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I am a depraved, morally bankrupt wretched sinner through and through. I’ve attended church sporadically most of my life, haven’t spent a minute in seminary and only recently gave the Bible more than a cursory review. I’ve attended exactly one theology class and I dropped out of that. However, in spite of my moral infidelity, I’ve come to be filled with the Holy Spirit. I’ve learned my salvation isn’t the result of what I do, but rather what Jesus has done on my behalf. I didn’t find the Holy Spirit, He found me. And in our relationship I have invited Him to change me, to use me for His purpose, to conquer my will with His own. Praise the Lord, for even an unworthy, chronic sinner like me can experience and give testimony to His glory!
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