Here’s the first of five steps to develop a plan to share Jesus regularly from Chapter 8 of my Sharing Jesus book. I don’t call these THE steps, or THE plan; I’m not selling the latest diet or fitness deal on the internet here, not do I think my advice is better than everyone else’s. But here are some steps that, over time, can help you grow in sharing Jesus.
First, focus your life on the gospel of Jesus Christ. Before sharing Jesus with others, check your own heart — is your affection for Jesus and his Kingdom properly focused? Do you love anything more than him, and do you want anything more than to bring him glory?
All of life flows out of our relationship with Christ, not just our eternal life. Spiritually, physically, emotionally, relationally, financially, and vocationally, all these and more reflect his story. Your life and mine are telling a story. When our life reflects his story above our own, it translates into a Christ-centered life. That means we can’t have a politics-centered, or social media-centered, or consumer-centered, or status seeking-centered, or anything else centered life.
This is the why that undergirds all our lives. A daily, devotional, and practical focus on what Christ has done for you and desires to do for others keeps us focused. Sharing Jesus with others regularly starts with preaching the gospel to yourself daily.
I do this regularly a couple of ways. First, I like to rehearse in my mind the great big Story of the gospel. I reflect on the amazing, beautiful world God created, and how he made people in his image to know and worship him. I ponder anew how the God who made the world is interested in me, my worship, my devotion to him. I then reflect on my sinfulness, and the evil throughout the world because of sin. This helps me think well about the truly amazing grace shown through Christ’s work on the cross, and I rejoice in the truth of the resurrection! Then, I remind myself God is restoring all things to himself, that I’m only an alien passing through this life, and God will make all things new, it gives me joy and makes me excited to talk to others about this story!
Another thing I do at times is rehearse the four big things about God I learned from Chester and Timmis:
- God is great, so we don’t have to be in control. We are all control freaks, so admit it. God is sovereign. He has the power to save.
- God is glorious, so we don’t have to fear others. We are also at some level all people pleasers and struggle with the fear of man. Learning to please God alone is crucial to our spiritual growth. He is glorious. Fear him, not man.
- God is good, so we don’t have to look elsewhere. Temptation can be powerful, but when we sin we are saying in that moment we don’t believe God is good enough.
- God is gracious, so we don’t have to prove ourselves. We have been forgiven completely by the one we have offended immensely. Enjoy the grace of God lavished on us through Christ.
This helps me avoid comparison with others, focusing on failures (my fatal flaw), or other gospel-less thoughts. The more we reflect on who God is and what he has done, the more we will find it easier to talk of him and live for him.