“...and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.” [Ephesians 6:15]
If you go and look up the meaning of this verse, it is going to say something along the lines of “every Christian must always be ready to proclaim the gospel.” Most Christians, myself included, don’t necessarily get too excited when we hear those words. But why? I think some of us put so much pressure on ourselves to communicate an eloquent and perfect five point sermon to people.
But what if we have a skewed view of what it means to share Jesus with people?
Is there a time and a place for those five point sermons? For sure. In your everyday life? Probably not so much. You won’t have people’s time and attention long enough for that. What if you took a much simpler approach to sharing Jesus with people?
So what does that practically look like?
First, it starts with what you know and enjoy. Too often we feel the pressure to share Jesus with other people, without actually knowing and enjoying him ourselves. Think about something you know a whole lot about. For me, its sports. Ask me a question about any major sport or team and I can probably tell you what I think about it and why. I can do that because I know a lot about sports, but also ENJOY sports. You have things you know and enjoy as well that you can talk about with people with very little effort.
So continue to push into knowing God more. Not just knowing about God, but actually, intimately, knowing Him. Continue to put yourself out there to talk with other believers, share in struggles, put yourself under people who you can learn from, and stay disciplined to do the things you know you want to do. What you will find is the more you get to know God, the more you will know him. Psalm 37:4 even tells us to delight ourselves in the Lord. The more you know and enjoy God, the more you will want to talk to Him and talk about Him with others.
The more you get to know God, the more He will make you deeply care about the people around you.
What you will find is that the more you get to know God, the more he will start putting people on your mind, and burdening your heart for specific people. I’m not saying that makes talking with people easy, but it makes it possible because you know and trust God to show up in power. So don’t put as many expectations on yourself to preach sermons to people. Get to know God more. Talk with people you trust about the things that you know and enjoy most about God. Talk about the things that God has changed in your life, or helped you overcome. 1 Thessalonians 2:8 talks about not only sharing the gospel with people but also sharing your life with people. So think about people in your life that you care about who need God. Invest in those people. They might be a stranger. They might be a classmate or friend. They might be a family member. Whoever it is, invest in them and love them.
To end you can pray this:
God, I release any pressure I put on myself to share the gospel in one particular way. Teach me more about yourself and help me enjoy you more. Give me your heart for the people in my life. Give me you heart for the lost. Help me to love those people well in my life, no matter who they are. Amen.