I DO NOT KNOW HOW TO SHARE CHRIST
By: Pauline Lee
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Once, the pastor of a church asked me this question "Are you winning souls for Christ?"
Taken aback, I answered him, "I think so."
He asked, "To whom? Care to share?"
So I told him about my recent encounter with 2 people in my counselling ministry. Both were youths, girls in their late teens to early 20s. But I told him that my role in ministering was not dynamic enough to convert them. This was also due to my lack of courage because of my ill-fated spirit to evangelise. I have always been afraid to preach the gospel to unbelievers, for fear of rejection, simple as that. And I proclaimed the verse Ephesians 4:11 with the reason to defend myself against the nature of evangelism.
But my judgement for all its worth was shattered when I was convicted to pray for opportunities to share about Christ. Much as I was afraid, I possessed a deep sense to pray for encounters with unbelievers and lost souls. Then I also prayed to God for wisdom in handling rejections and wisdom in detecting openness in individuals. Much to my disbelief, God miraculously gave me my first opportunity to share my faith with a devout Buddhist.
It was an unpredictable case where 2 people met on acquaintance through a business venture. The man was trying his best to evangelise me with a suite of Chinese herbs he wanted to sell. I saw how zealous he was in his belief of the antidote and how he convinced me that this business had made many wealthy. But my heart was not in the money or the products, it was directed at his soul. So amidst the conversation, I asked him if he knew Jesus. He confessed his Buddhist faith confidently and told me how he came to peace when he found Buddhism. I told him that I was not about to share about religion because I believe in the truth and I will only share the truth. Now, that intrigued him because no one had ever shared with him that way although many friends have approached him to try converting him to Christianity. He said that he had heard many miracles performed by the Christian God but he also confessed that other Gods also did similarly. But I told him that miracles and signs were just one aspect of God's kingdom. And we should not consider that as the totality of God.
As I persisted on and determined to just give him more information about Jesus, he listened, asked questions and tested my faith. But the longer we talked, the more encouraged I became. Although he did not say the sinners prayer, I was satisfied that I had done my best in the little time I had with him. I entrusted the man to God in prayer, knowing God would use other opportunities to further convict his heart.
Our role is not merely conversion but it is whether we have done our best to share our testimonies, to pray for opportunities, and to ask God for wisdom. Let this be an encouragement to all who say "I do not know how to share Christ".
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God answered your prayer, Pauline. What's more He gave you the right words to say. The important thing is you were willing.