Itís Friday night, the big game is over, and your friends ask you where you want to go to get a bite to eat. Your mouth begins to water and your stomach begins to growl as you go into intimate detail as to why a certain restaurant is the perfect place to sit and enjoy a meal. The group of teens listens to your every word, their mouths and stomachs follow your routine and off you all go to that special dining place.
Have you ever wondered why believers in Christ are not so quick to share the most important message in the world with our friends? Are we afraid they will laugh at us? Are we afraid we wonít have the right words to say as we present the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
For teens it is especially hard to talk about faith amongst some of the harshest critics in the world Ė other teens. But think about the comparison: teens have no problem explaining in intricate detail why a restaurant is their favorite place to eat or why others would find the experience quite pleasing. So how can sharing a faith that revolves around forgiveness, understanding the universal purpose of our existence, and developing a one on one relationship with the Giver of Life be any less important or urgent than suggesting a restaurant to friends and acquaintances? The answer is that it is not any less important, and itís time for urgency and straightforwardness to become part of the Christian character.
When describing our favorite place to eat, we often start off by talking about the good food. Have we not been given good nourishment by the Word of the Lord?
We might next describe the energy and friendship found in a particular dining place. Have we not felt an awe inspiring power of knowing that God cared enough about our lives to send His Son, the sinless representative, to take our place on the cross? Is there any better friend or representative than one that is willing to die in your place?
If we are willing to make a case for our favorite restaurant at a moments notice, how is it that we often ignore opportunities to share our faith with others that we have known for years? The answers are that we are afraid to alienate others, we wonder if we will say the right words, and we fail to see the urgency of the message.
Now consider this: God knows that all three roadblocks exist. See, those are the exact three roadblocks that have been around for 2,000 years. It is why every man, woman, or child who has asked God to forgive and accept them into His kingdom has hesitated to share the message.
Do not be afraid to share the Gospel. Not a good talker; bring your friend a book about your faith. Your friend doesnít like to read; bring him a video about the God you know. Your friend thinks Heaven is not a real place; give him literature describing what Hell is like.
It is not as easy to share the Gospel of Christ as it is to describe your favorite restaurant, but it is a million times more urgent. And think about this. What if that friend youíve been so unwilling to share the message with went on to become the next Billy Graham after you finally overcame your fear of presenting your faith? I do believe some hallelujahs and dinner at a nice restaurant would be called for.
Good Article. It does seem difficult for some people to speak up, when it comes to sharing the gospel with others. I agree that we can all find ways to do so. I have a difficult time speaking in front of others, but I feel I still want to share the gospel. The idea of passing on a book to a friend was great. Also the site is great for those of us who don't like to speak in front of others.
Okay, I know this one part sounds weird, but I think it is grammatically correct:
"The group of teens listens" should be correct because "listens" is the verb for the word "group" and not "teens".
Am I correct on that?
Any English teachers here?