One of the last things Jesus did before leaving the earth was command His followers to tell everybody about Him. An account of this moment, found in Matthew 28, reads, “Jesus came and told His disciples, ‘I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Any way you look at it, as followers of Jesus, we are supposed to tell people about Him. This can get a little weird, though. Sometimes it’s uncomfortable. Sometimes it’s awkward. It isn’t always received well. So, how do we talk about Jesus with confidence?
First, it is important that we know what we believe! Here it is:
- Romans 3:23 – All humans have sinned.
- Romans 6:23 – Because of that sin, we all deserve death.
- Romans 5:8 – But Jesus came to earth, lived a sin-free, perfect life and died on the cross for our sins.
- Romans 10:9,13 – With His death, Jesus paid the price for our sins and we are saved from the death we deserve.
- Romans 5:1 – We have peace because of this salvation.
- Romans 8:1 – There is no condemnation for those who believe.
- Romans 8:38-39 – We will live forever with God.
Second, we need to understand and acknowledge that Jesus and His message are worth sharing. If we believe all those verses from Romans above, there are some pretty big implications for those that haven’t heard this message, as well as some pretty exciting things in store for those who do believe. That excitement can often overcome fear or anxiety in sharing about Jesus.
Finally, understand that sharing the message of Jesus is personal. As a believer in jesus, there are no doubt some ways that your life has changed or been affected. Don’t be afraid to tell others, especially your friends and those close to you, how your life has changed. There may even be things you do that cause your friends to ask questions. Answer them! This is also one of the reasons we provide experiences on Sunday mornings, in small group throughout the week, and other events throughout the year. These are all places you should feel comfortable inviting a friend who may be asking these types of questions.
When you do share about Jesus, make sure to let people know you are sharing from a stance of caring. People who may react negatively to Jesus or religion will find it hard to fault you for genuinely caring about them.