Many years ago, Bud Wilkinson, the great old football coach of Oklahoma University, defined the game by saying, "Football is when thousands of fans in the stands desperately in need of exercise are watching 22 young men on the field desperately in need of rest."
And you know, that could describe the church today in many ways! There are so few in the game actually sharing their faith. Most are in the stands just watching!
But the truth is if you are a follower of Christ… if you claim the Lord Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior… you are called to share your faith with others.
In fact, Jesus said it Himself in Acts 1:8, "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth" (emphasis added).
Even though Jesus expects us to share our faith, many followers of Christ today find it difficult… even scary. If this describes you today, I want to offer you a word of encouragement:
In spite of your weaknesses, in spite of your past mistakes or struggles, you can be an effective and successful witness for the Lord Jesus Christ.
You can share your faith!
Here's how. First, ask God to give you a passion for people. That's where it all begins! Sharing your faith isn't so much a program or technique as it is a passion of the heart. So ask God to give you a burden… a desire… a passion… to talk to your friends and family about Jesus.
Second, be authentic. Most people can identify with the ordinary, real experiences you've had in your life. So don't be afraid to let people know how God is working in those ordinary, everyday experiences! Remember… people aren't looking for perfection. They're looking for someone who's real.
Third, love people unconditionally. This is a hard one! But this is what Jesus did… and it's what you and I are to do as well…no matter how people may mistreat or misuse us.
Finally, share Jesus now! This is why Jesus said in John 4:35, "Lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest." It's the responsibility of every Christian to introduce as many people as possible to Jesus. Today! Right now!
It's my prayer that you will get out of your comfort zone this week… and begin sharing your story of God's grace in your life with those who need to hear it!