Sharing your faith journey is as simple as sharing with a friend or other person with whom you are acquainted your life. It’s really as simple as that.
I, for one, am not a fan of “cold witnessining”. Similar to cold-calling in the sales field, a “cold witness” is when you share your faith convictions with someone unsolicited. I have a viscerally negative reaction to a salesperson calling me up and telling me of a project which, up to the point of his or her call, I could not live without. Similarly, folks usually have this same reaction to a person who just comes up and tell him or her that he or she needs to share their faith convictions. On the contrary, when a friend of mine has this awesome new Android product that he is in love with and can’t stop going on about it in our personal interactions my curiosities are peeked and I inquire in our natural interactions. Sharing our faith story is similar to this. When we share our faith with our natural relationships in ways that are natural and un-pushy, our friends and families are drawn and curious.
Here are my four pointers on sharing your faith:
Keep it natural
You keep it natural when you share your faith with folks in ways that are in keeping with the situation and help your friend see how your faith connects with him. Why is your faith important to you? Tell them that. Why is your faith relevant to your life today? Share that. Don’t try too hard. Folks hate when people try too hard. They do not think that your are being real.
Keep it real
When you “keep it real”, you show people who you are. No person has perfect days always. Let your friends see you at your best but also let them see you at the points in your life where things are less than ideal. When people see that you are just like them and you have good day s and you have bad days, it help them to see that your faith and you are relatable and relevant to him or her.
Keep it relational
When we operate relationally in faith sharing, we are most effective. I believe the goal of sharing our faith is to give our families, friends and colleagues the ability to see the impact that our faith conviction has on us and allow the Holy Spirit to make the promptings in the heart to respond which only he can do. When we share our faith within our natural relationships, folks will already know us. They will not have to wonder, “Can I trust this person; does he intend the best for me?” because they already know you, your character and your heart. Operating within natural relationships is the best avenue for sharing faith. When your faith impacts your life, your relationships will naturally see that impact and will be the ones who will come to you when the end of the rope has been reached.
Keep it relevant
We all probably have had at least one friend who was a salesperson for Amway or some company similar to that. I am always amazed at these folks ability to bring every conversation—at one point or another—around to the product that they are selling. That is insanely annoying. We could have a conversation about the heat and this friend will find a way to say, “I know man, this heat is crazy. You know, we have this awesome product that will effectively erase all heat. You should really try it out!” Some folks can be that way when it comes to sharing faith convictions. I encourage you to not do this. Again, because it is off-putting. I do think we should share the hope of our faith with friends when it is relevant. If you have a friend who is going through an especially rough patch—with which you can relate—you should share how your faith aided you through the rough spot.
At the end of the day, we must remember that the Holy Spirit does the great work or wooing folks and convicting each one of individual sins. We are there to be folks to stand in the gap where Christ is lacking today. That place in being here physically. We are the ones whom he left behind to bind the broken. We are the ones whom he left behind to be a shoulder for the downcast friend. We are the folks whom scripture calls “the body”. We share our faith most directly and lastingly when we take seriously those roles. I encourage you to pray and ask the Holy Spirit for guidance to know those folks with whom you should naturally share your faith convictions. You don’t need to be a biblical scholar. You don’t need to have all of the answers to all of the questions. All you need to be is real and trust the Holy Spirit with the outcomes.
Bless you, friends, as you share the convictions of your faith and the hope that it brings.