A Personal Relationship with Jesus
When it comes to sharing Jesus with people, the methods are legion. It can become quite overwhelming if one looks at it on a macro level. Fear can paralyze someone anxious that they will share something wrong. One of the easiest ways to share the gospel with someone is via sharing your testimony. This series has sought to take away some of the mystery with other spiritual disciplines, so too my goal is to make you more comfortable engaging in a conversation about your faith.
The first thing one needs when sharing their testimony is a relationship with Jesus Christ. They must have repented of their sins and placed their faith in Jesus Christ, the son of God. I cannot share a hundred-dollar bill from my wallet with you because there is no hundred-dollar bill in my wallet at this juncture. What I mean is that one cannot share what they do not have. At this point, you must ask yourself if you know Jesus as your savior. If you are unsure, spend some time with your Bible and read through the following verses (Romans 3:10, Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, Romans 5:8, Romans 10:9-10, and Romans 10:13). Once you are confident of this, then you can begin.
Using your notebook and a pen, write these three statements at the top of your page: “My life before Christ,” “How I came to know Christ,” and “My life after Christ.” These sentences form the basis for your testimony. In the first paragraph, describe your life before Christ. You may be someone who became a believer at an early age and didn’t live a wild and wicked life before you were saved, or you may have lived a life filled with all sorts of bad choices before you met Jesus. Either of these scenarios testifies to a beautiful trophy of Grace, and you should not be ashamed of whatever category you are in.
Once you have described your life before Christ, you are ready to move to the second paragraph. Here you will explain how you came to know Christ. For me, it was flipping through a list of verses in my Bible and being convicted that I was lost and in need of a Savior. Someone may have heard the gospel from a pastor or teacher, or perhaps a friend from college. Describe it in as much detail as you can.
Finally, you are ready to share how your life has changed since you met Jesus. Perhaps you have a desire to read your Bible, or maybe God delivered you from a desire to engage in a particular sin. Either way, if you are in Christ, you are a new Creation, and your story is worthy to be shared.
Once these three paragraphs are written, practice sharing your story in the mirror. I know you may feel silly, but it does help if you practice. I have a close friend who is one of the best evangelists I know, and he taught himself to share the gospel by standing in the bathroom and practicing repeatedly.
You may be wondering how to find opportunities. I would invite you to pray a prayer I once heard an evangelist share at a denominational evangelism rally: Dear Lord, put someone in my life who needs to hear the gospel, open my eyes to see the opportunities, and give me boldness to take them. If you pray these words with faith, God will honor your desire to share your faith.