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October 23, 2014

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How to conquer fears of sharing our faith with others

by Dave Malnes

We long to be accepted.

We even tend to say or do things outside of our normal character in order to receive acceptance from others.

Let’s face it. We like to be liked.

Sometimes, our desire to be liked or accepted by others becomes a barrier in our witnessing. It is true — a relationship built on trust is paramount to sharing Christ. But, at what point do we decide to play it safe to preserve our relationship rather than taking a risk to share Christ?

Why is sharing our faith so uncomfortable?

What are the risks with sharing our faith with others?

How-to-start-a-conversationThe fear of rejection weighs heavily on the minds of believers when thinking about sharing the gospel. Relationships are too important. Ridicule from others is another barrier that prohibits us from taking advantage of opportunities.

The desire for acceptance and approval from others tends to overpower our desire to win people for Christ.

How can we overcome these real fears?

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13)

We wouldn’t think twice of saving a close friend from physical injury or painful words. We lovingly correct and counsel a friend who is on the verge of making a bad choice in their life.

What about eternity? Why do we have a hard time developing a sense of urgency when a friend’s eternal welfare is at stake?

When these questions come to mind, I think of Christ.

It’s one thing to save my life from a speeding bus. It’s quite another to save my soul from eternal torment.

It was His sacrifice — His substitution — What he already won for me on the cross.

His life and death is a true model of sacrifice, but we receive something far better than an example.

By faith, we receive His acceptance. By trusting in His promises, we receive His approval.

Because of who I am in Christ, I can truly enjoy genuine freedom —
— including the freedom of sharing the love of Christ with others.
— including overcoming rejection or ridicule on behalf of Christ.

Because of who I am in Christ, I can truly enjoy genuine peace of being forgiven.
— In that status of forgiveness, I am no longer burdened by guilt.
— What flows out of my heart is a spirit of thanksgiving.
— What comes from my mouth is what Christ has already done for me.

This spirit is a reflection of Christ living in me.

This love is what the world needs to hear and view.

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By trusting the promises of Christ, by believing that His Spirit dwells in us, the burden of carrying out God’s commission to proclaim truth no longer becomes a burden.

I don’t feel the pressure of having to bring up Christ in every conversation, nor feel guilty about it if I don’t. Instead, I place the burden on God.

I receive contentment in knowing that He is working through me to produce whatever results He pleases. I place that burden on God because that’s His business.

I trust that God provides the right opportunity, at just the right time, and through prayer and preparation, enables me to share the truth. I place the burden of timing and opportunity on Him.

When the gospel message is presented by a Spirit-filled messenger — not by a guilt-ridden bumbler — the love and trust behind the message is what’s heard loud and clear.

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  1. Norma
    Oct 23 2014

    Thank you for this message. You put these thoughts together just beautifully and put the motivation for witnessing right where it belongs…on thanksgiving for the salvation which we have received from God. I also especially liked the part about “I don’t feel pressure of having to bring up Christ in every conversation, nor feel guilty about it if I don’t. Instead, I place the burden on God…I trust that God provides the right opportunity, at just the right time, and through prayer and preparation, enables me to share the truth. I place the burden of timing and opportunity on Him.” That is so reassuring and comforting when I berate myself for not speaking up more to people…especially when I sometimes fail to “see” those opportunities that others seem to be able to see.
    Thanking God for your special gifts which He has called you to use through TILM. You are a true blessing to many.

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    • Oct 23 2014

      Thank you, Norma. I struggle with being timid in sharing my faith — and I hope that my struggles can be a source of encouragement for others. It is the reason behind the Witness Well blog.

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  2. Sandra Loveless
    Oct 23 2014

    Your words have helped me so much on witnessing, especially my Mormon family and friends, and everyone God sends me. Thank you so much. I know your web site was sent to me by the Grace of God.

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    • Oct 23 2014

      Thank you so much, Sandra. Your words were an amazing source of encouragement this evening. Hang in there. Your desire to witness comes from God — and God uses that desire in ways that we rarely see. For you are not only inviting them to Christ through your Words, but introducing His presence.

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  3. Oct 24 2014

    Very cute!

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