Share What God Has Given You with Others

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God wants us to share from our abundance with those who are needy. Food, clothes, and money may be at the top of your list. Canned goods for Thanksgiving baskets, blankets and coats during winter, and money for missions offerings are all wonderful gifts.

We share our abundance, and even give sacrificially, because we love and serve Jesus and because that’s exactly what He wants us to do (Matt. 25:34–46). But can we go one step beyond sharing material things? How can we who know the Savior’s forgiving love and have accepted His salvation share Him with those around us?

Our actions speak volumes, but the next step is conversation. Like me, you may be thinking, “Oh, that makes me so nervous. What can I say? How can I begin?”
 

Let’s consider a few possibilities:

  • Wear Christian jewelry. When someone comments, be prepared. “Yes, this necklace reminds me that . . .”
  • Talk about a book you recently read. “Have you read (title of book) by (author)?” Be prepared with a brief synopsis and offer to loan the book. “I’ll be interested in knowing what you thought after you read this.”
  • Relate to an incident mentioned in conversation. Say, “I experienced something similar and was amazed by the way God worked in our family.” Tell the whole story.
  • Join a group outside your usual circle of friends. We all love our Christian friends and enjoy their company, but if you realize you have only Christian friends, then step out of that bubble and make a few new friends.
  • Ask leading questions at appropriate times in the conversation. “I’d like to know more about what you think. Would you mind telling me?” “What has been your experience that led you in that direction?” Questions keep the conversation flowing more easily than statements.

In all these opportunities, “[l]et your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone” (Col. 4:6). Your intent is simply to “be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15) and then let the Holy Spirit guide the conversation.

Never treat others with whom you are sharing as a project; instead, establish a true relationship based on your sincere desire for their friendship and for them to know the Savior.
 

Remember to

  • guard your tone of voice and the inflection of your words. Don’t be challenging or defensive. Be a friend, not a debate champion. After the instruction in 1 Peter 3:15 about being prepared to answer, Peter said, “But do this with gentleness and respect.”
  • concentrate on planting a seed or two, not necessarily an entire garden in one conversation. Recognize that this relationship may take time.
  • pray before, during, and after your conversations. This is a request God wants to honor!

Sammie Jo Barstow lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and prays for opportunities to share Jesus with gentleness and respect.

 

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