When you have six children there are going to be a few battles that you will fight everyday, and sharing is one of them. Around my household it’s usually food, toys, food, TV, food, games, food, books, food, friends, food, clothes— did I mention food? Sharing, or being more generous, is something that we get better with as we get older—at least I am hoping that’s true.
Yet, as followers of Jesus, for the most part, we (myself included) are not very good at sharing—sharing our hope in Christ with others.
1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.
Scripture is pretty clear that we should be willing, and prepared, to share the hope that we have in Christ with anyone who asks, and to do that with love and respect. Yet, many of us break into cold sweats with the thought of sharing our faith with someone at work or school. We have fears of being asked theological questions that we can’t answer, seeming judgmental, or appearing to put our hope, in the opinion of some, in superstition and myth—so we just keep our faith to ourselves.
But, I would never let my kids get away with those reason to NOT to share at home.
I would never let my kids get away with these arguments…
Well, Dad, this cookie is really a personal cookie and I don’t want to offend anyone with it. I mean, what if they are allergic to chocolate chip?
I really don’t know how to share this cookie, and what if they say no?
yeah, but what if they ask me questions about my cookie that I don’t know how to answer them?
I know that these are facetious questions to make a point, but consider these follow up questions. When we don’t share what God has done for us, through Jesus, are we being selfish? Does the personal risk/cost of sharing outweigh the benefit to the person that you might be sharing with?
What about you? Do you have fears about sharing your faith? When is it challenging? When is it easy? Is it our responsibility? Why does God choose to use us to share the message of Grace through faith?