How To Share Your Story of How You Began Believing in God
Sharing your faith can seem overwhelming.
What if the person I’m sharing with has questions I can’t answer? What if I mess up and make things more confusing? What if they get mad while I’m telling them about Jesus? Where do I even begin?
Looking at the Bible, we can see that a few of those questions don’t even matter. You see, Jesus was all about not answering questions directly (John 4). If you can’t answer a question, just say so. If you feel like you should find out the answer, then tell that person you’ll look into it and talk later.
Jesus also was a big fan of the confusing answers. He answered questions with questions (Mark 10:17-18) and told parables that made no sense to a lot of people (Matthew 13:10). If you think you have made things more confusing, remember that you are just a link in the chain of that person’s spiritual journey. Salvation is not all up to you. It will be ok.
If that person gets mad while you are telling them about Jesus, well, of course that’s not going to feel great, but it is kind of to be expected. Jesus tells us that He is a divider (Luke 12:51) and some will be mad. Shake it off (Matthew 10:14) and move on as best you can. Don’t return their anger (Romans 12:17-21). Pray for them instead.
And, if you don’t know where to begin in sharing your faith, start with sharing your own story of faith, a.k.a. your testimony. Here’s how:
Who I was
Start with who you were before you knew Jesus. Some people have dramatic stories that begin in dark places. Others of us, me included, dabbled a little less in what the world sees as the big bad stuff. God, though, sees sin as sin, not big or small. So, talk about how you struggled with perfectionism, depression, lying, cheating, and gossiping if you didn’t struggle with sex, drugs, and rock and roll. All sin keeps us from God.
Who Christ is and how I met Him
Tell us how you were introduced to God. Was it a friend? Family member? A Bible that fell out of the sky and hit you on the head? God reaches out to His people in all kinds of ways. It’s beautiful to hear how He came after you.
I also like to put in a bit of who Jesus is here. Some people save the gospel for sharing after their testimony, but I say put it in where ever you can. Tell your listener exactly when you found out who God was and what Jesus has done for you.
Who I am now
As God entered our lives, we have changed. It may be a perspective change as we still struggle with sin. Or, he may have eradicated some sins altogether in our lives. Whatever the change, give God the glory He deserves and share what He’s done in your life.
Please don’t make it all unicorns and rainbows though. Be real about how you still struggle and what with. Christians all still sin, and people can see that. We just have the Holy Spirit convicting us of that sin and guiding us to make better decisions next time as we walk in the grace of forgiveness.
Still need some insight? Check out this worksheet that has some great questions.
Jesus used stories because they got to the heart of the matter and grabbed attention at the same time. Don’t let your story go to waste. Write it out. Practice telling it. Share it with anyone who will listen. Share it with us, if you’d like. I’d love to hear it!