Tell Me Your Story
“As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.” – Mark 5:18-20
Do you feel like you don’t know how to tell others about Jesus?
Telling others about Jesus is one of the greatest things we can do. Sadly, it’s also the one thing most Christians find to be the scariest thing they do (or don’t do).
Why Are We Afraid?
I think our fear of sharing the Gospel usually comes from two things, the fear the message will be rejected and the fear that we will mess up the message.
The Fear That The Message Will Be Rejected:
No one wants to feel rejected, however, I have great comfort for you. The Bible tells us over and over it is God who creates faith in people, not the person sharing the Gospel nor even the person hearing the Gospel.
We share the message and God does the rest.
The Scriptures also tell us that God’s Word will not return void. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the person will become a faithful Christian, but it does mean God will work in their heart.
So, we don’t have to fear because it’s not up to us to “convert” the person and we can trust that God will do what He promises.
What if I mess up the message?
The basic Gospel message is actually pretty simple. We all sin. Jesus died on the cross so we can be forgiven. If we believe in Jesus we will be saved.
Sometimes, however, we think the message needs to be more complex. It doesn’t. We can simply share our story and that simple Gospel truth and let God do His work!
Don’t Force Your Beliefs On Me!
We’ve all heard this said. Maybe not in person, but certainly on TV. Sometimes when sharing the Gospel, we can feel like we are overstepping our bounds; but isn’t it interesting that we don’t feel like that when we talk about our favorite movie or band or what we did over the weekend.
These are normal things to talk about as we share our lives with others. So is talking about the most important thing in your life. That’s what the demon-possessed man did in our passage.
Sharing our lives with others can often be the easiest way to share the Gospel. We’re not trying to sell something, just share what Jesus has done. By sharing how God has worked in your life, it can take the “sales-y-ness” away and make it simply talking about what’s going on in your life and how Jesus affects that.
So, what’s your story?
You have done so much in my life. Rid me of the fear of talking about You to others. Help me to feel as comfortable talking about You as I do my weekend plans and may others come to believe in You by hearing about You.
In Christ’s Service,