7 Reasons Why Sharing Our Faith Can Be Difficult

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Sharing our personal faith with someone seems to be one of the hardest things to do.  It was common for first century people to share stories with one another – they lived in an oral culture.  So, when something impacted them, talking to people was fairly natural.  Today, in the twenty-first century, there are so many factors that slow us down to share the truth that God has gifted us with.  The good news is, many of these factors start with us.  If we can overcome the things that slow us down, sharing our faith will become a lot easier.

I’ll be the first to admit, sharing my faith is difficult.  That said, God has appointed believers to be his witnesses.  Luke shows us how Jesus prepared his disciples, not just for their own journey, but also to spread the message to others.  Over the span of Luke’s writings, Jesus called his disciples, taught and mentored them, sent out the 12 disciples, sent out the 72, provided for them spiritually and physically, laid down his own life to full-fill the mission, resurrected, told his followers to wait until more helped arrived, and when the Holy Spirit came, the followers of Jesus were given power to be witnesses in “Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”[i]  The message of hope, love, joy, and peace was not only brought to some, but eventually to the “end of the earth,” and it was accomplished by God sending those who believed at witnesses of how God impacted them.

So why don’t we share our story with everyone we meet?  There are really no excuses, but I think there are several reasons.  Here are 7 reasons that I came up with:

1. It’s our personal life…

The impact of God isn’t superficial.  When we experience the freedom of accepting Christ as the Lord of our lives, he starts to encompass our entire being.  With that, comes personal transformation.  Because it’s often very personal, we tend to hide what God has done and keep it to ourselves and close family and friends.  While some things are personal in nature, we need to remember that others deal with personal issues as well.  God may need you to share your story of freedom with someone who is struggling.

2. We feel unworthy…

Good, we should.  We have received an unworthy and unwarranted gift of grace from God.  That should make us feel very humble and unworthy.  The amazing part of God’s sending plan, however, is that he asks us, the unworthy ones, to be his Church.  He wants those who have been impacted by his love to spread the message to others.  We need to stay humble and allow the Spirit to move through us.

3. We have too many questions ourselves…

Because our relationship with God requires faith, there will always be some unanswered questions.  God is beyond are understanding in many situations and there are many times when we have to trust in God to ease our mind. That said, let’s remember two things: (1) don’t stop thinking; and, (2) don’t let unanswered questions stop us.  God gave everyone a mind, so let’s use it.  As we think about God’s glory, we may indeed come to a better understanding which we can then share with others.  As we live, however, let’s not let unanswered questions stop us from sharing God’s plan with others!  The next life-changing theologian could be awaiting our witness.

4. We’re comfortable…

We’ve all experienced being new.  Whether it be new to the Christian faith, or new to an assembly.  At some point, however, the newness wears off and we become comfortable.  This doesn’t only stop us from sharing our faith, but also disregards the need to share our faith.  We need to remember that God made us new and desires for us to spread that message of hope.  If we remain comfortable, then the message will die with us.

5. We’re unsure of the outcome…

I think it’s safe to say, most of us have many friends, co-workers, and family who don’t have a relationship with Christ.  Most of us would also say, they’d love for them to start having a relationship with Christ.  What stops us from sharing our faith?  I think it’s partly because we’re afraid of the possible outcome.  It’s normal to think through how someone will react to our testimony; however, we need to make sure we rely on the Spirit to bring life to what we share.  Read Luke 12 to see how the Spirit helps us with the right words to say and provides the right resources that we need.

6. Religious freedoms…

In our culture today, people are free to worship, live and respond to any religion of their choosing.  Some Christians interpret this to mean other religions are more important than theirs.  This is not entirely true. Religious freedoms allow for everyone to choose their own religion.  There is nothing stopping a Christian from sharing their faith, as long as they don’t force an individual to participate.  In fact, religious freedoms actually allow for Christians to share their faith to anyone who will listen.  Let’s make Christianity a desired option to choose.

7. We forget to ask God for help…

Sharing our personal story is difficult, but we’re not alone.  God has partnered with us be his witnesses.  Let’s go back to Luke’s gospel.  In chapter 12, Jesus taught his followers that the Spirit will give you the right words to say when you defend your faith.  Jesus followed this up just before he returned to heaven.  He said to wait in Jerusalem until the power of the Spirit comes to help you to be “witnesses of these things.”[ii] In Acts, the Spirit empowered the believers and they continued to spread the message.  Today, the same power can help us.  The Father and Son are willing and able to equip us with the Spirit to give us boldness to speak and to live-out Christian lives as witnesses of the truth. Let’s not be afraid to ask for God’s help!

I’m sure at least one of these reasons have crossed your mind at some point.  While many of them have lasting impressions and are difficult to overcome, the ball is in our court.  With God’s help, we can overcome whatever is slowing us down from sharing our faith.

God has called us.  God has provided a way to help us.  Will we choose to be a witness?

Join the conversation…

Why do you think Christians find it difficult to share their faith?  How have you shared your faith?

[i] Luke 5, 6-8+, 9, 10, 12, 22-24, Acts 1:8, ESV.

[ii] Luke 24:48.

Restoring Religion Is Better (Response)

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There has been a lot of attention brought to the YouTube video “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus.”[i]  With over 11 million views in just a few of days, people are clearly interested with the relationship between religion and Jesus.  The video is very well presented and has some great points; however, I think the main point may be misguided. While Christ is indeed greater than religion, a restored religion would help us serve Him better than removing religion all together.

Here are a few thoughts…

The problem is being an uncommitted Christian; religion actually helps the Church with dedication.  There is merit in noting that religion sometimes feels like a controlling identity.  However, if all Christians were completely dedicated as followers of Christ, religion would actually act as a supporter and not a dictator.  Common thought and united goals would represent the dedication of Christians. The early church clearly demonstrated this.[ii] Therefore, restoring religion would help us serve Jesus better.

Religious wars were political issues of man; religion actually aims to serve the Son of Man. Unfortunately, there have been numerous wars in the name of religion.  In reality, those wars were the result of greed and power when both politics and religion stood side by side.  The life of Jesus clearly shows that serving the Son of Man has nothing to do with political gain.  His life was humble and He submitted to Roman rule.[iii] As a result, restoring religion means forgetting some of our past heretical actions, and moving forward to serve.

Jesus didn’t like faithless obedience; religion helps create a united credence.  After Jesus died on the cross to pay our debt, everything changed.  The covenant with Abraham and the laws of Moses are now followed in the light of Christ.  It is not sufficient to merely obey the law; rather we must observe the law as we live in grace.[iv]  Moreover, Jesus told us to spread the word – Salvation is found through Him![v]  With a united credence, religion unifies the Church’s mission.

Jesus didn’t hate religion; He focused on changing their legalistic position. If you take legalism out of religion, you’ll be left with something extraordinary – the Church.  Jesus didn’t hate like-minded believers uniting themselves together.  He did, however, speak against religious people who saw themselves as a hierarchy due to their observance of the law.[vi]  We’re often quick to say organized religion is problem, when in reality; our motivation is probably the source of our grief.  We should be motivated by how God uses us to spread his Word.  Restoring religion can help spread the gospel.

Don’t remove religion; work to restore religion.

To be religious means to be devoted.

To love Jesus means to serve Him.  To serve Jesus means to be in a relationship with Him.  To be in a relationship with Jesus means to be saved. To be saved means to believe Christ paid our price, and allow Him to be Lord of your life.  To believe in the cross and allow Him to be your Lord means to live and spread the Word.  Therefore, to be a devoted to this process we must be religious to the faith.[vii]

“Religion…is the infection,” restoring it gives positive direction.

[ii] Acts 2:42?47

[iii] Mark 12:14?17; Romans 13

[iv] Romans 7; Galatians 5

[v] Matthew 28;16?20; John 14

[vi] Luke 11:37­?12:1?3

[vii] Romans 6:15-19; 12