Sharing the Gospel
Sharing the gospel with others might be an intimidating task, but it is a task that God has commanded of us. It can be intimidating to share the gospel with others, so I would like to share what God has placed on my heart in regards to sharing HIS good news. There are many reasons why we, as believers, may not share the gospel, and the Bible has something to say to each of us about them.
One of the biggest reasons why we, as believers, do not always share the gospel is for fear of rejection. No one wants to be rejected, but we have to remember that when someone says no to the gospel, they are actually saying no to God, and not to us. That honestly should pierce our hearts. The reality is, we are just mere humans, and having someone reject us pales in comparison to someone rejecting the God of glory. We know what happens when someone rejects Christ: DEATH. Not a physical death, but a spiritual death; an eternal death. Therefore, as the church, we should want to share Him with EVERYONE, because of our love for people.
John 3:36 says, “He who does not believe in the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” We need to let go of our fears of rejection, because everyone deserves to be able to make a choice to follow Jesus or not. Once they hear about Jesus, they can choose if they want to follow Jesus or live a life for themselves, but they have to hear to be able to make that choice. Remember, being rejected as a believer does not affect our eternity, but someone rejecting Christ affects their eternity – so SHARE!
Another reason why believers do not share the gospel is because it makes us uncomfortable. But God never said that His word was going to make us comfortable, or that being His follower would be easy. Did HE? I mean, just look at the life of Job. Job had everything taken from him, yet he still believed. David spent years running from Saul, was persecuted, and even had to hide in caves for his safety. Joseph, another man of God, was sold by his own brothers into slavery. Friend, being a believer isn’t always comfortable. We all have trials and tribulations that we have to endure, but the good news is we have Jesus at our side.
Romans 1:16 says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.” We do not need to be ashamed of being a follower of Christ. He has made each of us a new creation. Who are we to keep Jesus to ourselves and not share Him with others? God commands us to share the good news. Mark 16:15 says, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Matthew 28:19-20 says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.”
If we think of the unbeliever, or remember where we were before we were followers of Christ, we can see someone hurting, lonely, scared, empty, and in search of something to fill the void in their hearts. As believers we know what they are searching for, and we need to share God’s love so that they can have that void filled with Christ, just as we did when we accepted HIM. Jesus is the only one who can fill that void that unbelievers feel. No matter how hard they may try to fill that void it cannot be filled with love from other people, alcohol, drugs, busy lives, promiscuity, or anything else that they might seek out. They need Jesus. We need Jesus. We have to share Jesus!
My hope is that if you are not already sharing the good news of Jesus, that God will convict your heart and that you will ask HIM to give you opportunities to share about HIM. Maybe you don’t know how to do this and are afraid that you’ll say the wrong thing. That’s okay! God just wants us to tell others about Him. We don’t have to use big fancy words or know where every book is located in our Bible. We just need to share. Share your personal story with others, share the Romans Road, share what Christ has done in and through you. Each of us has a story to share and they are all unique and different. Don’t fear that your story may not be enough, because it is the story that God has given you. I have not had to overcome addiction, endured the pain of abuse, or even felt what true hunger feels like; but I still have a story that God can use. I still have a story that, if told through Christ’s love, can point someone to the cross of Jesus.
Friend, don’t be scared, or intimidated, or unsure of your words. Just share. Just share Jesus and the love that you have for Him, the love that HE has for you, and the love of Christ that is available for all!
Resources for sharing the gospel:
• Romans Road: The biblical road that takes them from sin to salvation – Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; Romans 5:8; Romans 10:9-10
• Share through your personal testimony: Share your salvation story and your sanctification story. Our salvation story is our story about how we got saved; who we were before Christ, why we came to Christ, and how He saved us. Our sanctification story is our story after we were saved and how He has made us more like Him. It is our faith journey of God making us more like Him.
• Some questions to consider before sharing:
What has God been doing in your life SINCE we got saved? How have you grown? How has God revealed your spiritual gifts? How are you using those gifts? How have you been able to share your story with others? How has your faith been strengthened? How have you grown in your knowledge and understanding of God’s will for your life?
–Lauren Holley, MSBC Women’s Ministry Leader