Many followers of Christ have a desire to openly share their faith with others, but don’t always feel confident or equipped to engage in spiritual conversations.
Holly Melton reminds us that it’s important to trust in God and engage in conversations as the Holy Spirit prompts us throughout the day.
Sometimes we may feel a little paralyzed about sharing our faith with others, even though it’s so near and dear to our hearts. Holly explains why this might be the case.
“It’s just very natural that have the fear the anxiety, the uncertainty of, what are we going to say? How are they going to respond? I don’t feel equipped etc., so there’s a lot of things going on our heads, even when our heart says we want to share Jesus with others.”
Even as an evangelism trainer with Cru, Holly still experiences the feelings of anxiety and fear as she prepares to share the gospel message with others. She highlights the importance of listening to the Holy Spirit’s voice and trusting His leading as we share our faith.
“The Holy Spirit, theologically, is the one that pursues the nonbeliever, the one that opens up their eyes to see the truth of who Jesus is and the gospel. The Holy Spirit actually knows that person, their fears, their insecurities, and their sins way better than I do.”
“The Holy Spirit is the one that can tell us what exactly we need to say to connect Jesus to that person. He’s been pursuing that person, revealing Jesus to that person, so if we ask him to give us that wisdom, the words or the questions, he’s going to do that because he wants Jesus to be glorified.”
The Holy Spirit has given us the power to overcome our feelings of fear, anxiety and uncertainty, so that we can share the good news of the gospel with others freely.
Holly Melton has been on staff with Cru, formally known as Campus Crusade for Christ for the past 18 years. She has traveled to 29 countries working with missionary teams and training missionaries and churches how to be effective ministers of the gospel. She is author of Follow My Lead: Responding to God's Voice in Everyday Encounters.Sharing Jesus without fear