Three reasons that may prevent sharing the gospel
1. I must build a ‘deep’ friendship first
No, deep friendship has nothing to do with how effective it is to share the Gospel. God’s Word is not dependent on delivery or relationship but on the power of the Holy Spirit.
Also, waiting for months or years to share who Jesus is is like giving medicine to a dying person a year later. Anyone without Christ is dead in their transgression. (Ephesians 2:1)
Faith comes by hearing, not by friendship
Yes, relationships are important, but faith comes by “hearing.” Your “good friendship” becomes selfish without proclaiming the gospel.
Your good friendship is selfish without proclaiming the gospel.
“ So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.“
“Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’ Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.
Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together.“
2. I’m waiting for the right time and the right words
There is a time for everything, but everything in life is connected to God’s plan for man’s salvation. Sin is a disease that’s killing men spiritually. Would you wait for the right time to share the cure?
The chance to share a verse comes in any discussion. Soldiers have shared the gospel in trenches. If you have experienced the saving grace of Jesus, you will always talk about Him.
Deonna Tan Chi, the spouse of CCF Pastor, Peter Tan Chi, has plentiful stories on how she managed to share Jesus with someone she just met on a plane or a party.
God’s word is alive and active
It’s not always an ‘altar call’ you’re after. It’s sharing God’s words—a Bible verse, really. Satan tempted Jesus. He left because Jesus kept on quoting scriptures.
If you have experienced the saving grace of Jesus, you will always talk about Him.
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
“So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.“
3. Fear of rejection
The most common reason that prevents us from sharing is the fear of rejection. Many times, we trust in our own ability—not God’s power.
It’s God’s work, our part is to share the word
Remember, Jesus told us to proclaim the gospel (Matthew 28:16-20)—not convert people. That’s the work of God. The Holy Spirit is the author of conversion.
Jesus told us to proclaim the gospel not convert people.
“… the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me.“
“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.“