Share Your Faith
Philemon 1:6 I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ. 7 Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints.
Today was our senior pastor’s last day at our church. Subject to the itinerant system in the United Methodist Church, he is transferring to Northwest Arkansas to shepherd a new church. The scripture above is the text upon which he based his final sermon.
Have you considered that when you are active in sharing your faith, you begin to understand how good you have it in Christ Jesus? This is the question we were asked this morning, and I have to answer, “Yes, I do realize when I share my faith just what I have in Jesus.”
You see, I have long since known that whatever God tells us to do for others, actually has an added benefit for those of us who are obedient. Allow me to give you some examples:
- When we are obedient to God and forgive, our act of obedience not only offers grace and mercy to those who have offended us, but that act of obedience removes a wall between ourselves and God
- When we love others the way we love ourselves, we must re-assess the feelings we have about ourselves. Low self-image? We must begin to see ourselves through God’s eyes instead of through eyes that have been damaged by too many years of criticism.
- And finally, sharing our faith with others, while vital to fulfilling the Great Commission, is also instrumental in building up our own faith, for the more we share our story of what Christ has done for us, the greater our faith will become.
As you search the Scriptures for guidance and for truth, I pray that you will, indeed, be active in sharing your faith so that your understanding of what God has done for you will be full and your faith will multiply.
Prayer: Father, as we explore your word may we gain strength, boldness and understanding, and may we take every opportunity to share our faith with others. Amen