Christians aren’t supposed to fear, but I’m afraid that many of us do.
It might be a fear of spiders.
Maybe it’s tunnels.
However, at church this past Sunday, I realized what I think is most Christian’s fear.
It’s sharing our faith.
The reason I realized this is that we are offering a class on how to share our faith. I saw this up on the screen as the announcements scrolled and had an amazing thought.
“I have never had to have anyone teach me how to share my love for University of Tennessee football.”
No one ever had to teach me to get excited at a Tennessee game.
I am eager to do it.
My faith? Well, I’m cool with that too.
But I haven’t always been that way. Judging by a lot of what I see, a lot of folks are in that boat.
Why is that?
I think I know some of the answers.
We have bought into the idea that we shouldn’t push our beliefs on others.
We are afraid that we will be asked tough questions that will stump us.
We are afraid of looking like Bible-thumpers.
One of the things I’ve noticed when Jehovah’s Witnesses come to my door is that one person does the talking. The other one just kind of stands there and smiles. The guy that does the talking has been trained. He knows all of the answers. He knows how to try to counter all of my objections. He has been to the “CLASS”.
Do you know what he has trouble telling me?
He has trouble telling me about his relationship with God. He can tell me all of the answers. He can tell me everything he has been trained to say. What he can’t tell me is about a relationship.
That is what grabs people.
You want to share your faith? Tell people about your relationship with Christ. Be honest. Tell them you don’t have all of the answers. Tell them about the difference He is making in your life.
I’m not saying don’t take the class. It can be beneficial.
Just don’t rely on that. Rely on the One who you want to share.
Do you or have you ever feared sharing your faith? Why do you think that is?