Why do we not share our lives and story with others? As Christians, that is a question we need to ask ourselves. We cannot share our lives like Jesus did unless we love people well and invite them into our lives. Paul talks about this in 1 Thessalonians 2:8 "…Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our lives as well.” Sharing the gospel and sharing our lives should not be separate. The two are intricately connected—one fueling the other. This is often something that we as Americans neglect to do. We get so caught up in our own busyness that we forget the importance of living for something greater than ourselves. If we truly love Jesus, and if He is in fact the Lord, Savior, and treasure of our lives, then of course we are going to tell others about Him.
While apologetics are great, rarely ever do apologetics argue someone into the faith. Our love for Jesus is what’s compelling, not head knowledge. We are all evangelists for the things that capture our hearts. Think back to your last several conversations. We talk about sports, TV shows, relationships, and drama going on at school or work. Think about what animated you, got you talking, and gave you excitement. Did anyone have to prompt you? No, it came naturally. We talk about anything other than things that are eternally important. If you love Jesus and you love your neighbor, then sharing the gospel message and your life won’t simply be something you check off your to-do list. It will be an overflow of a Christ-centered life and an act of worship.
God uses even the worst communicators to spread his message because it is the Spirit who both empowers the communicator and opens the heart of the hearer. We need to rely on the Spirit and not our own doing (as I am certainly guilty of). This is why we don’t have to evangelize like we are trying to sell someone a used car, life insurance, or a set of tools. We don’t have to close the deal and manipulate people into false conversions. These are some things that I have been learning as well as trusting in God’s sovereignty. To tell of our story is to tell of HIM. If Jesus is really real in us, sharing Christ will be a natural outflow that will burst forward into our friendships, our neighborhoods, and in our jobs. The mission of God won’t just be something we do on Sundays, but it will be a way of life. What a wonderful privilege it is that God uses people like us to play a small part in His big story.