One of the reasons why many of us find it difficult to share our faith is because we are not brimming over with joy and enthusiasm about our richness in Christ. Talk to a non-Christian about Jesus? We don’t even talk to people in our own churches about Jesus. Gather in the average church lobby and you will find conversations about the weather, sports, business, and family.
But it is amazing how few are praying with each other in the lobby, encouraging each other in the faith or expressing a recent encounter we have had with the God who saved us, or about a discovery in the Bible that has gotten our attention. I cannot change that, only the Holy Spirit can. But what we can do is to re-familiarize ourselves with who we have become – in Christ.
We can get an understanding of what Paul means in Ephesians 3:18-19, that we, “May have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
Here is what sometimes happens. There are people who assume that when it comes to Christ and them, there is nothing much to say. Unlike someone who came to Christ between 30-80 years old, you came to Christ when you were five. Your mom knelt with you beside your bed as you gave your life to Jesus.
What else is there to say?
1 I need to take stock of who I have become in Christ
Remember Ephesians 2:1-3? You were dead in trespasses and sins. You followed the course of this world – and the influences of Satan himself. As David reminds us in Psalm 51, we were born in sin, and as Ephesians reminds us, we were dead in sin. But whether it was at the age of five or 75, Ephesians 2:4 says that God, being rich in mercy made us alive. That is what happened from God’s perspective when we were saved. Once you start formulating a list of what you have been given in your salvation, you will have much to say. Do you want to be an evangelist? Start a life-changing project.
Read through the New Testament and begin a list in a notebook of all that is yours in Christ.
2 I need to begin to notice Christ in everything
Romans 8:28 reads, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Part of what it takes to understand that verse is the concept, not just of God’s sovereignty, but His meticulous sovereignty. Yet many believers have not yet been introduced to this profound biblical teaching. Consider, for instance, Proverbs 16:33: “The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord.”
God oversees every dice that is thrown onto the table. He oversees the motion of every quark. He watches over the trajectory of every arrow in the battlefield. And He is intimately involved in directing every area of my life – for the sake of His glory and for the sake of my long term good. He will not allow a single incidental detail in the life of every one of His children that will not serve His glory and our long-term good.
And once you really grasp that concept, you will not only begin to notice the action of Christ Himself in your life, but you will never speak about life in the same way. And once you see Christ in everything – well, you have something to talk about!
APPLICATION: If we are to become the salt and light to those around us, we first must begin to assess who we are in Christ. We must see Christ’s hand in everything. And when this happens, we will be compelled to speak of Him and what He has done in our lives. When is the last time you shared what Christ is doing (big or small) in your life with someone?
ONCE YOU START FORMULATING A LIST OF WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN IN YOUR SALVATION, YOU WILL HAVE MUCH TO SAY.
Dr. John Neufeld
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