Day 6 / New Believers
Sharing God With Others
Now that you have experienced the love of Jesus, don’t keep it to yourself. Share it! Share this great love with others who need to experience His love. Sharing God with others really is simple. Just tell your story of how you came to receive Him into your life. There is nothing more convincing than sharing your personal encounter with Jesus Christ.
Jesus’ final words to His followers here on earth are found in Acts 1:8 NIV. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
The keyword there is “witnesses.” What is a witness? A witness is someone who tells of what they’ve seen and heard. A witness doesn’t make things up. Witnesses give their own personal experience. If you saw a car accident and the police asked you to be a witness, what would you say? You wouldn’t make things up. You would simply tell them what you saw and heard. That’s the same thing we’re called to do as Christians. Tell people what Jesus has done in your life. People can try to argue with scriptures, but they can’t argue with your experience.
Share with your words.
God wants everyone to come into a relationship with Him, and He gave us the privilege of telling the world. Talking to others about your relationship with God is one of the ways that you share God’s love with people who are hurting, lost, hopeless and discouraged. When you share what Jesus has done in your life, your heart is reminded of how great He is, and it helps you stay connected to Jesus. We want everyone to know and experience Jesus’ love!
“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”
– Matthew 5:14-16 NLT
Share with your life.
We not only share God with our words, but we also share God through the evidence of a changed life. When others begin to see that your faith in Jesus has affected the way that you live, it provides further proof that God is indeed real. God desires that we begin to reflect a lifestyle of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control toward others. We can demonstrate our faith by showing acts of kindness and giving our resources for the sake of others.
What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?
– James 2:14-16 NLT
There are many misconceptions about being qualified to share Jesus with others. Here are a few of these false misconceptions:
1. It is the pastor/minister’s job to share God with others.
2. You have to know the Bible and be able to quote it.
3. Your life has to be free from struggles, mistakes or sin. In other words, you have to be perfect.
4. I don’t have to talk to others about God; I will just live a good life.
5. If people don’t respond, then it is useless.
1. It is the job of every disciple to share God with others.
2. You have to know Jesus and share your story.
3. You have to be sincere, authentic and honest about the struggles God is helping you through.
4. We have to use words to introduce others to Jesus. If you don’t tell them, how will they know that He is the One who changed your life?
5. We share our story and we leave the results to God.
New Believers Guide
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