We can share our faith with others in many different ways. The first and most important way is through our lifestyles. We must live a life that is reflective of our convictions in such a way that it attracts others. Jesus said the 2nd greatest Commandment was to love others and Ephesians 5:2 tells us to “Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ.” Paul says “I always try to please others instead of myself, in the hope that many of them will be saved. You must follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (1 Corinthians 10:33f). We become ineffective when our lives are out of sync with God’s will.

Living a healthy, holy and attractive life is always compelling. When others notice your life they will often be curious and want to know more about it. Peter tells us “if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way” (1 Peter 3:15-16). It doesn’t take a Bible College degree or years of Bible study to be able to answer the questions of others about our faith. Yet, the phrase “always be ready” means that we’ll have to spend some time preparing. Every Christian should think through their personal testimony of God’s faithfulness to them and how that has given them a new perspective on life and a hope for eternity. Not all of us have dramatic conversion stories but we all have stories of how God has impacted our lives positively. Every believer has a story to share and every believer must be ready to share it.

Your story should contain three parts. The first part is what your life was like before God acted in his marvelous way to bless you. For those who came to faith in Christ later in life, that is normally our salvation experience. I was in the midst of a divorce and faced the prospect of losing my family and other precious things in life. But for others it’s a personal testing; the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, a stage of sheer disillusionment with life as a whole, or many other issues that drive us to take a more serious look at our life and very often drives us to our knees and opens our hearts to hear from God. We should not spend too much time on this part of the story, but use it to set the stage for giving God the glory for His wonderful work. The 2nd part of the story is about what God did to resolve my life crisis issue or personal struggle. This part takes some deep reflection because God’s ways are usually mysterious and we need to work at understanding what and how God worked in our hearts during that period. The last part of my story is about how I changed after God’s work in my heart. The difference

“Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony…” John 4:39