Here is the second piece I wrote for our church’s Daring Faith campaign. Feel free to comment and share!
Romans 10:17 – So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
Are you like me? Are you a little concerned at times that sharing your faith in Christ might offend someone? Has it kept you silent in those opportune moments when you have a person in front of you who needs to hear the truth of God’s Word? Yeah. Me too, and if we are honest, we all would admit to having those moments. So how do we change it?
Growing up, I always viewed this verse as a mandate for me to share the Word of God with every unsaved person I meet in order to give them the opportunity to come to a saving knowledge of Christ, but is it possible there is more there than that? I think there might be. I see Paul’s words here in Romans 10 as a challenge to us, just like I was taught, but I also see something that should make us all pause and think for a moment.
What if this verse is talking about my faith as a believer being the catalyst for someone to come to know Christ?
I sometimes feel that sharing my faith will fall on deaf ears or that I might offend, but when I am honest with myself, I think it is more like I am not always able to show a true belief in what I am saying. I believe in Christ, and I trust Him for my salvation, but my faith in Him is not strong enough to compel someone to ask a question or engage in a conversation. It’s not that an unsaved person is dependent on anything I bring to the table, but am I making a strong enough case for what Christ is doing in my life that it makes them want the same thing?
The time I spend in God’s Word has a direct effect on how well I am able to speak to the spiritual needs and concerns of those I come in contact with. My time in the Word provides insight to situations, points our deficiencies in my character I can address with God’s help, and knowledge to know just how to do those things as God provided His wisdom and the opportunities to use it.
That time in the Word develops my faith in the living God and it keeps Him in the front of my mind. It gives me strength for the day, and excitement to share what He is doing. It provides instant recall to His promises and His record of provision. Having all of this at my fingertips as a result of my time hearing the Word allows me to provide a more compelling testimony to those who are searching. We might not realize it, but they are always listening for real faith.
That is why I want to be Relentless in my growth as a believer. I am not going to do it right all of the time, and I will have periods of time when it seems like nothing is happening at all, but I never want to settle. The actions I take toward knowing Christ better and the experiences I share about how He is working in me are all opportunities for someone to hear that little thing that may draw them to know Christ as well. It’s not me. It is Christ using me.
- Do you have opportunities to share God’s work in your life? Are you capitalizing on them?
- Are you spending time in the Word on a regular basis?
- Who can you start talking to about what God did for you this week?
Father, we have a hard time believing those we don’t know, and we have your Word to show us how to know you better. Help us to take those moments in Your Word and treasure them. Use them to build our faith as we listen to Your Spirit speaking into our hearts and give us the opportunity and excitement to share Your good news with those who need You.