For years it’s been considered inappropriate to discuss religion, sex, or politics in most social settings. Today in our politically correct society some would say it’s even argumentative and hateful.
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I don’t think so. I hope not anyway. What in the world would I talk about?!
Still there are times when I’m in a new situation with people I don’t know that I get nervous…
Nervous before you share your faith story? Worrying about what others will think? Afraid they won’t like you or they’ll make fun of you? Do you feel awkward and maybe even a little embarrassed?
But I have encouraging news…
The Apostle Paul known for his strong choleric personality said the following to the people of Corinth:
I came to you in weakness—timid and trembling. And my message and my preaching were very plain. 1 Corinthians 2:3–4
Wow, if Paul was nervous and apprehensive what does that mean for you and me? How can we have courage let alone the right words when we need them?
I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified . . .Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God. v. 2, 4–5
Paul didn’t use big “theological” words. He didn’t try to impress the people of Corinth with his knowledge or wisdom. He kept the message simple and plain relying on the Holy Spirit to use him and to touch the hearts and minds of those who were listening.
I can do that. I bet you can too.
- I can tell people my story—how God’s love through Jesus has blessed us.
- I can keep the message simple – “I was a mess until Jesus touched me with His love and the more I spend time getting to know Him the better I’m doing.”
- I’m willing. I can pray and ask the Spirit to give me the words to say.
- I can trust the Spirit to use my words and touch the hearer’s heart.
Finally, the last verse of 1 Corinthians 1 and the words just before those above say:
Therefore, as the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord.” v. 31
This sums it up best. The easiest way to share our faith is simply to tell people how God is working in our lives. Our weaknesses, failures, and fears. His love, forgiveness, and ability to change us.
I can definitely do that.
One of my favorite ways to share my faith:
I don’t have all the answers. Not even close. All I know is my life fell apart and God met me in the mess and pieced me back together. I trusted Jesus for heaven, but I didn’t trust Him for earth. And now I do.
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The 3rd Week in July
Kim Hyland writes – Winsome Woman . . .
because I want to be.
She says, “While the story IS mine,
I am not the main character. My loving Father
wrote it, and He is my story’s hero.”
I love that!
Lauren Gaskill at Making Life Sweet shares
“Inspiration for happy, healthy, redeemed living.”
She says, “Life should be sweeter –
rich in stories, and full of good food,
love, encouragement and inspiration.”
Don’t you want to run over and get to know her?
Her post, How to Stay Creative + Innovative,
will inspire you with four ways to have a positive
influence on others.
Anna Rendell is a Minnesotan who is Girl with Blog
and Social Media Coordinator for incounrage.me.
She says, “I share here with simple honesty
on the lovely & the difficult parts of mothering,
family, and faith as if you & I were chatting
in our backyards, over a picket fence.”
I loved her post, On Hard Days and Do Over Grace.
You will too!
This week’s Top Pic
and great reminder is from
Gail Burton Purath
at 1–Minute Bible Love Notes.
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