Many Christians are intimidated about sharing their faith out with the world. What if you get mocked? What if the person judges you? What if you struggle to defend your faith? These are all valid concerns, however Jesus never intended us to all sit in silence. We are already sharing the Word of God daily, as we live for Him in all our actions.
Jesus has been poorly represented by many of His followers, because we are all humans that sin. However, when we learn from our mistakes and try and become a more authentic Christian, other people start to notice. They see that your life has been transformed by God, and they begin to wonder themselves what that could mean for them.
It's a lot easier than you think to share the Christian faith with other people that God has placed in your life. In each day-to-day activity we do, we are showing the world what it means to be Christian. Here are several of the ways you can become a living, breathing, Bible for those around you.
Pay attention to your conduct.
Do your actions reflect the values of Christianity? If you sport a "Not of This World" sticker on the back of your car, but frequently drive with severe road rage, are you really living out your life for God? When you leave Church on Sunday morning, do you immediately go to brunch and then not tip the server? These small actions show others that you only live for the Bible when it's convenient to you.
While no human is perfect and you are likely to make mistakes, it's important that you take a moment to self-reflect and analyze how you could treat others better. How do you conduct your day-to-day activities and do they reflect the lessons you learn from the Bible? If they don't, challenge yourself to be a better person each day so that others can see it too.
Gossip is when you speak about someone in a way that dishonors them or otherwise hurts their character. It's the trash talk you would never say to someone's face. It breaks communication because you never give the other person a chance to stand up for themselves, and you don't accept them for who they are.
Every time you gossip, you are disobeying God's Word. The Bible tells us to stop slander, in several verses like Psalm 101:5, Proverbs 6:16-19, and Titus 3:2. When non-believers see Christians gossip, it reminds them that Christians don't act as loving as Jesus did. There is so much more to chat with your friends about than gossip, so make sure to redirect the conversations and refuse to engage in the behavior.
Volunteer in the community.
Serving the community is a great way for God to work through us. Through volunteering, God will strengthen your spiritual gifts. Ephesians 4:12-13 says that it's important “to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ”
When we volunteer, we bring people of all walks of life together and show them that God's love is compassionate, caring, and empathetic. We encourage others to continue to go out and help others and do good in the community. There are many ways that you can volunteer, from working at a soup kitchen to offering free babysitting services to a struggling mom. No matter what you do, it will spread God's message in an impactful way.
Know your Bible.
For thousands of years the Bible has been read not only as history and God’s Word, but also for personal growth. How can you expect to live out the Bible if you don’t understand it fully yourself? The best way to be an all-star Christian is by knowing the Bible cover to cover.
While that might seem like a daunting task, it's important so that you feel strong in your convictions. As Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work”. In order to live for God, you have to know God on an intimate level.
Offer to pray for someone.
Sometimes the most valuable thing we can do for a person is to pray for them. We cannot always solve all our friends’ problems, but we can offer them a listening ear and show them there is hope. Even if they don't believe in Christ, a prayer squeezes them with God's love. It can be significant in changing how they view their situation because they learn that they are supported by someone else. The one thing prayer never is, is a waste.
Sometimes, the person may reject our request to pray with them but that doesn't mean you shouldn't pray for them on your own time. When we pray for others, we acknowledge that God is able to change the life of someone else and we are able to help contribute in the process. It is still a way to show that you are living out the Bible.
It's pretty easy to tell when someone is being fake towards you, isn't it? When someone isn't being honest with you and throwing on an insincere smile it can be incredibly off-putting. This is why it's so important to be authentic in yourself as a Christian, so that others can see the Bible through you genuinely.
As humans we all make mistakes and you should not be afraid to acknowledge that. You will never be just as great as Jesus was, and that’s okay. God made you perfectly just the way you are so don't waste your time trying to be someone you aren't. It will be easy for others to catch and shows that you lack a confidence in your faith. Christians should feel empowered by Christianity, not scared of it.
Share your testimony.
Many people will never be taught about God's love because no one has taken the time to sit down with them and share the story of Jesus. One of the most powerful ways that you can share the Bible with others is by sharing how you personally found Jesus Christ, and how your life was then radically transformed.
The purpose of preparing a testimony is not to memorize it and give it verbatim, but to help you put into words some of the important and interesting details of your conversion. You can tailor your story to the person you are talking to, and help them see how God could change the holes they are feeling in their personal life. Not everyone will accept God, but you will at least have opened up the door for them to explore more if they choose to do so.