One day a few years back I was put in a situation in which I had to defend my faith. I was asked by a person in higher authority at the job I was working at the time, why I believed in a God that I could not see and why did I believe in His existence. This question came from out of nowhere because at the time I was not that strong in my faith nor did I have true knowledge of the word to quote back to him. And frankly it was the end of a long work day. So, I found myself in a spiritual pop quiz and it was the test of changing the heart of a faithless person either more toward God or his heart being turned away further. I had a split second to gather my thoughts and try to recall all the reasons I believed in the first place. And my decision was to speak from the heart and hope what I said would come across with understanding. Have you ever been charged with showing Faith to the Faithless?
“But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,” 1 Peter 3:15
To be honest I used to be petrified about sharing my faith with others. It is a deeply personal thing but it’s also a process in which you must share your story as well. All the books in the bible are based on regular people growing through tests and trials in their journey toward God. Many of those stories were second hand accounts but, we can surmise that they were shared from the source too. Faith is a growth process that takes a long time to truly “Get It”. Many aha moments happen during the process, but as you grow, you are being watched and observed by others. So we should not be nervous or afraid to share our faith stories because it all brings about the spiritual connection between all of us.
“That is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.” Romans 1:12
Whether you are introvert or an extrovert like me, we all have a story of how we got over. We come in contact with so many people daily and sharing your faith is not a bad thing. We can turn on the TV or look at our Facebook feed and see how the Faithless struggle. They latch on to anything negative and allow that to be their compass in life. We as believers must always be ready to give a kind word, loving gesture, or take the time to tell them your own faith story. The trials we go through are being experienced by others, but when we do not share we allow the enemy to make us feel alone and obstrisized. Surprise..you are not alone. The Faithless need to hear your story so that maybe, just maybe their hearts can change too.
Lastly, after explaining to my supervisor why I had faith in God and making sure I smiled throughout my whole explanation, I felt extremely proud of how far I had come. I did not give a perfect recitation but, I did convey in a few sentences where I had been and where I am now because of faith. I can look back and see my growth even from then to now of how much more God has done in my life. Do not hide your story because your story may be His-Story. I know you got this!