how do you share your faith?


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This question is a little tough. Well, maybe not tough but it is definitely sobering and something that currently hits close to home.

Personally, I don't believe in explaining faith to a non-believer, per say. Not directly, anyway. I believe those situations lend to arguments about semantics, extremist ideologies, and dismissive/defensive attitudes. Not sure that is the best environment to express spirituality & faith and witness to others.

What I believe is that one should, primarily, live their life as a living testimony of their faith - live a life that reflects Whom you trust. Who you are and how you treat yourself & others are the greatest testimonies you will ever have to anyone (believer or non-believer) because I believe it inspires others to live a similar life. From there, I think, one can have a more open, unbiased, and honest conversations on faith.

For example, I'm a Christian so I believe I should live in a manner that honors Christ and testifies of his goodness to all those who interact with me. In 1 John 2:4-6, the Bible states:
Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.
Now when I say this topic hits close to home, it is because I don't believe my life is something that I can confidently state reflects this. I don't always keep His commandments and walk in the same way in which He walked. I don't think I've been a living testimony to believers and non-believers or have shared my faith by my actions. Sure, I listen to gospel music almost all day but I can't tell you the last time I truly read and studied scripture. My church attendance is... flighty. You're more likely to find me laying on the couch watching a random action flick on FX than in a church house on Sabbath. Sometimes, I do stream service but the sermons don't really feed me. And when I do go to church, I'm not to attentive of what is happening around me. And, as a result, my spirituality has waned dramatically over these past few years and I've done & said some incorrect things. Telling a friend that he should miss out on church to purchase some sneakers that are released on Sabbath instead of holding him accountable to respect the Lord's day. Instead of encouraging a friend to seek God and pray about relationship decisions, I told them hoeing around would be a good idea since they hadn't had much sexual experience... when I know good and well the Bible preaches celibacy and that taking the time to love the Lord first is the key to a successful relationship. I really could go on and on but I'm sure you catch the point.

But you know what is even worse? The guilt that blossoms after realizing the stupidity and lack of spirituality of your ways. Knowing you had a hand in leading folk away from the love of Christ is really just the worse thing ever.

Father, please forgive me and help me to better honor you always.

Despite these faults (i'm a regular ol' sinning soul over here), being a living testimony and allowing your life to be one that naturally explains your faith to others is something I firmly believe. I don't have exact words that I say to people, I just live try to live a life of love (because God is love) and trust that people will see and experience God through me.

So, while the traditional modes of testimony and witnessing to others are not bad, I think it important to note that it's not always about great feats of passing out tracts or Bible studies or theological conversations. Explaining and displaying faith can be buying groceries for a friend who has no money, filling up the tank of a stranger, being present for a person that is dealing with heartache, or just hugging someone who is having a crappy day. Helping a woman carry her groceries to a car, holding a door for a stranger, reminding a person that they are enough, joyously celebrating the life milestones of loved ones, and greeting everyone with a smile. Meeting people where they are every single day is explaining faith. Loving God (by honoring the commands He has given us)... loving others (as God loves us with all the same grace, mercy, patience, and diligence that He affords us).... loving ourselves (honoring the love that God has bestowed upon us by uplifting his handiwork)... this is how to explain faith.

I think, from there, we inspire others to love as we love.... which is loving as God loves... which is putting seedlings of faith/trust/peace/love/all the other awesome things about spirituality in others. By being ourselves and allowing our faith to shine, we give people the room to do the same for themselves.

easy peasy, right?! lol. hope this helps. dare to live a little louder in your faith today.

thanks, again, for stopping by!

xo,
Jana-Lynn

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  1. What a topic! I appreciate your honesty. Well done. (:

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