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Sharing Our Faith in Spite of Ourselves

April 19, 20127 Comments

There is one situation that I have come across when sharing my faith with others that have put me in a tail spin more than anything.  This one thing has been more of an obstacle than not having enough knowledge, I can read and listen to great teachers and get knowledge.  But for this one situation, there is no study booklet; in fact the dry facts of knowledge can’t change this.  The situation is me! When I go to share my faith, and my faults are poked at, and thrown back into my face, and instead of talking about Jesus, I’m stuck explaining myself.  Situations like these are hard, and there was a time in my life when they happened frequently, until I resolved to do one thing, because we can share our faith in spite of ourselves!

For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake.  2 Cor 4:5

Face to face with people who want to find a fault in the messenger so they can discard the message, is hard.  I’ve been in those situations; I’ve found myself looking at my faults as they’ve been hurled back at me by others.  I’ve found myself hesitant about sharing my faith, and thinking that because of my faults I’m presenting a “damaged witness” to Jesus.  I couldn’t have been further from the truth.  There are faults to be found in the very best of us, behaviors that will annoy someone, and likes and dislikes that are just our own.   It’s part of being human, part of being an Earthen vessel, but our resolve and our message must be Jesus. This is not an attempt to make excuses for sinful behavior Work of Grace to hear my thoughts on that, but this is about us sharing the message in spite of the messenger.

Preaching Christ takes the burden off of you!

I resolved to proclaim Jesus, not myself!  Paul’s words to the Corinthian church contain life and freedom.  However, if we get confused on this issue, we could resolve to never share about Jesus until we are at some “spiritual plateau” of “perfectness”.  If we chase it, the bar will always get moved a bit higher.  Inevitably, something or someone will seem to highlight something else that’s not perfect in you and on it goes. The good news is that we don’t have to be good enough in God’s eyes for us to share about Jesus.

It has been a blessing, a relief, and has led to me resting more in Christ and not on me.  What do I mean, I found that just as the scripture said, that I needed to preach Jesus, not myself.  I needed to keep Him the uppermost in my mind and the main point of my message.  When speaking with people, I know I’ll always be flawed, but I have to speak to them about the flawless one.   As a witness of Jesus, I tell people what I know about Him, and what I’ve experienced of Him, despite of me.   I don’t have to make excuses for me being me, but I don’t have to be excused either.

Our testimony is everything that Jesus has done and is doing in us.  Like the woman at the well, who ran back to town and said “He told me all that I ever did.”  We too are going to tell people about this Jesus that we met, who has done this great thing in our lives.  The woman at the well was still the same woman who had a lot to be ashamed of before meeting Jesus, but it was meeting Jesus that made the difference.  Let us go tell about the Jesus-difference so that like that woman many would believe.

To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ Eph 3:8

In one statement Paul takes into account who He was, but more importantly who He was to make known.  Let us do the same, knowing that Jesus is the One who is perfect, the One who is sin free, the One who never erred in his speech, the One who is the answer to the worlds maladies, and since He’s all of that we don’t have to be, but we can share our faith in spite of ourselves!

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  1. Such an excellent reminder of though we are not worthy, HE is! Thank you for your ongoing encouragement as we go forth to answer His call.
    Blessing to you!

  2. Thank you Thomas. A blessing to read, and to know.
    God bless you!

  3. I believe sometimes in our frailities we convery the humaness; the message of Christ coming through us with more humility and compassion.

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