It’s easy to talk about the people and things that we love. Think back on some recent conversations you’ve had. How often did someone recommend a movie, a restaurant, or their favorite website? When we find something that works for us it’s effortless to invite others to try it too. So why do we struggle to talk about Jesus?
Think back over your conversations for the past two weeks or skim through your Facebook statuses. What did you talk about? Is there any mention of God? Many Christians don’t talk about God with their non-Christian friends on a regular basis.
If that’s true for you, do any of these reasons resonate?
- I want to respect other people’s religions.
- I’m afraid I won’t be able to answer their questions.
- I don’t want to limit my opportunities at work.
- I’m not a great example of a Christian.
- I don’t want to be mocked or bullied.
- I don’t want to look like a fool.
There can be a lot of fear around the idea of sharing your faith, especially when it comes to sharing Jesus with people we have a relationship with. Much of that fear comes from not understanding the message we bring. We’re not telling people bad news, we’re telling them good news and good news is easy to share.
There’s no guarantee that all of your evangelistic experiences will be good. But if you genuinely care about the people you’re talking to and you practice good listening skills you’re much more likely to have positive conversations. And remember, that’s all evangelism really is. It’s talking about Jesus, telling someone what He’s like and what He has done. It’s not a speech or a sermon; it’s just a conversation.
If you’re someone who already talks about God all the time, fantastic! Think of someone you’ve never had a spiritual conversation with and try to have that conversation this week.
For everyone else, one of the easiest ways to get started is to simply talk about Jesus as part of your own experience. When you talk about what God is doing in your life right now you’re not being confrontational. You’re simply letting the people around you know that God makes a difference for you and you’re willing to talk about it.