Are You a Silent Christian?

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“I haven’t shared the gospel with anyone recently because _______.” Does this statement ring true for you? How would you fill in the blank? “I’m scared,” “I don’t know enough,” “people will think differently about me,” or even “I’m OK with my life and that would shake things up too much.” Honestly, you may have a lot of reasons. And a lot of guilt about them.

As we are confronted about our obedience to Jesus’ command in the Great Commission, let’s look at ways to respond and what Scripture has to say about it:
 

Pray for Guidance

“Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it” (John 14:13–14).

Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any disobedience in this area. Pray for the Lord to change your desires and give you the boldness to speak up and share when opportunities arise. Share your concerns with Him and trust He will complete the work He has begun in you.
 

Know What the Bible Says

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16–17).

Spend some time in the Word each day. Know what the Bible says so you can share Scripture with those who aren’t believers. If you have trouble in this area, then ask a mature believer to meet with you to study the Word together. This will help with accountability and allow you the opportunity to ask questions about the passage you read.
 

Practice Sharing the Gospel with Friends

“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts” (Col. 3:16).

Share your testimony with fellow believers. See if you can share the story from Creation to Christ in 1 minute. Encourage believers to have gospel conversations with you often so it’s not an uncommon practice for you to bring up a message of hope when you speak.
 

Go with Someone Experienced in Sharing the Gospel

“And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation’” (Mark 16:15).

Accompany another believer who shares the gospel regularly. Ask if you can go on a mission trip with her or venture out into the community as she shares with others. Pay attention to how she starts conversations that lead to sharing the gospel.
 

Spend Time in Discipleship Relationships

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Heb. 10:24–25).

The Great Commission is Jesus’ directive for believers to “make disciples.” Making disciples demands you speak up beyond your evangelism opportunities. Keep in mind that new Christians need discipling after hearing and believing the good news of the gospel. Could you reach out to a new believer to study Scripture, serve together in a ministry opportunity, or go on a mission trip together? Seek a mature believer to disciple you as well.
 

Know When to Be Silent

“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry” (James 1:19).

Much can be said about the value of listening when building relationships with nonbelievers. Sometimes those quiet moments speak volumes, allowing the other person to know you care. This may lead to deeper, more natural conversations in the future. Even serving the church with your spiritual gifts may take on silent actions. Pray for discernment in knowing which situations call for silence and which ones demand a verbal engagement.

However, always be prepared to give an answer for the hope you have (1 Peter 3:15). Speak the truth in love (Eph. 4:15). Don’t be ashamed of the gospel (Rom. 1:16). How will you break the silence and share your faith?


Cara Brown writes from Birmingham, Alabama, where she lives with her husband and 1-year-old son.

 

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