Why are we so often reluctant sharers? Why, even when we sometimes feel a strong sense of “oughtness” about witnessing do we fail to do it?
I think there are several reasons:
- Fear of how people will react
- Not knowing how to communicate or what to say
- The belief that witnessing is “just not my gift”
- The lack of motivation
- A distorted view of what evangelism and witnessing involve
Some identify faith sharing with a certain technique, program, or verbal pattern. Others associate it with high-pressure salesmanship. They find it difficult to get psyched up to something that seems unnatural.
I am so glad it doesn’t have to be this way. Faith sharing at its best comes from the overflow of a life shared with Jesus Christ and others on a day by day basis. I like the way Paul puts it:
“God…through Christ changed us from enemies into his friends and gave us the task of making others his friends also” (2 Cor 5:18)
Sharing good news is a life-style patterned after God. It is a life of making friends for God, as God has made us his friends through his Son.
Adapted from Good News Is For Sharing (Revised edition, 2017, Leighton Ford Ministries)