Getting Motivated to Share Your Faith
by Daniel Ausbun, First Baptist Church, Moreland
By Daniel Ausbun First Baptist Church, Moreland, Georgia
Churches are closing. Revivals are read about in history books. Islam is the fastest growing religion in our country. Most marriages end in divorce. Homosexuality is celebrated. Marijuana is legalized. Children are shot at school. Is there any hope for America? Our only hope is for people to be transformed by Christ.
Back in the good ol’ days, there was a social stigma for someone not attending church. That stigma is long gone. Sundays has become a day for family time, cutting grass, and sporting events. People might be more active yet they suffer from the same problems. If people aren’t going to come hear the solution to their problems at church, the church must bring the solution to the people. America has more unchurched people than any other period in her history. There’s plenty of people to fill empty pews; reignite lifeless churches for the power of God.
The key to revival and change in our churches and people is personal evangelism. This is known by many names: witnessing, testifying, sharing one’s faith, or sharing the Gospel – but it simply means one person telling another the Good News of Jesus Christ. Unchurched people, deceived by sin, need to hear how Christ can forgive and set them free. Acts 1:8 instructs all believers they are responsible to share the Good News.
Less than twenty-five percent of Christians in Georgia will ever tell a lost person how to be saved. Christians seem to need motivation to share the greatest story ever told. If you need a four-step motivational speech on why you should be telling others about Jesus – here it is:
First, it is the duty of every believer to share his faith. There’s a big difference between inviting someone to church and inviting someone to receive Christ. It shouldn’t be drudgery in communicating the Gospel. It shouldn’t be embarrassing. If Christ can die on a cross for you, surely out of duty you can share Christ with others.
Second, Christians should have a desire to be obedient to God. The believer who desires to be obedient to Christ’s command to witness will look for opportunities to share the Gospel because he wants to hear Christ say, “Well done, good and faithful slave” (Matthew 25:21).
Third, compassion for unbelievers. Every Christ-follower should be moved to compassion over the fate of unbelievers. It should bother and upset us that people are going to hell if they don’t know Christ. We have the cure (the Gospel) for the sickness that is killing them (sin), but do we care enough to administer it? Alexander Fleming discovered the “wonder drug” on September 28, 1928 – penicillin. After Fleming discovered penicillin, which cures syphilis, what if he didn’t tell anyone? He knew the solution to the disease causing an epidemic throughout the world. The epidemic today is sin. It’s sad that the rich man in hell had more compassion over the fate of unbelievers than do many Christians today (Luke 16:27-28).
Fourth, a passion for the Savior. We should be passionate about sharing the Good News that Jesus saves. In Acts 4:20 Peter and John declared they were unable to stop speaking about Jesus. Their witness came from the overflow of their hearts.
It’s been said that personal evangelism is more caught than taught. Most people come to Christ and begin attending church through a personal acquaintance. People are not interested in the, “plan of salvation” but the, “Person of salvation.” Personal evangelism comes down to one thing: our message is a Person. That Person forgives, heals, restores, and changes old sinful patterns to new Christ-honoring habits. This Mother’s Day, when we find ourselves in a conversation, we should be motivated to ask the person to “consider Jesus” (Hebrews 3:1).