Sharing Your Story of How You Became a Christian
Practical tips for telling the story of how Jesus changed your life
Our lives show that a relationship between God and people is possible. This short article explains the why, how and what of telling the story of how you became a Christian. It is for any Christian who wants to share their story but isn’t sure how to go about it.
Leader, Navigators UK
Eva coordinates the Navigators UK publications team. She and her husband, Derek, have four grown children. She enjoys hill walking and writing.
Sharing Your Story of How You Became a Christian
Our stories of how we became Christians are powerful. They are the real deal, the attention grabbers, the witness evidence that says that there is a link between God and people. Our stories are the visual link that a relationship with God is possible. A great missionary in the Bible, Paul, tells us his attitude towards sharing his faith. “I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace” (Acts 20:24). He didn’t hold back.
Each of our stories is valid, and each of us is part of God’s greater story. He is at work in us, and our experience of him is something well worth sharing. The word “gospel” means “good news” and Jesus in us is wonderful news.
There are many reasons why you should share your story of how you became a Christian:
- To introduce people to the concept of a loving and caring God.
The Bible says, “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though Christ were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:20)
- To show our personal experience of a relational God.
Mark 5:19 “Jesus… said, ‘Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.’”
- To invite others into a conversation about the possibility of journeying with God.
A woman who had a life-changing conversation with Jesus went back to her city and said, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” (John 4:29)
- To encourage people to look deep within, to the yearnings within their hearts.
Philippians 2:13 “For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfil his good purpose.”
- To whet a person’s appetite for God.
Jesus said, “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
Some guidelines in how to share your story:
- Keep it short. Three to five minutes is good. If it is too long, too detailed, or hangs out all our dirty washing, it might turn people away.
- Keep it real. Don’t pretend that the Christian walk is a path of unending glory. It isn’t. It is full of challenges, failures, getting up and trying again. It is walking with God as we are.
- Keep it centred on God and not just yourself. Remember, this is not only your story, it is God’s story as well, of how he has been working in you, through you, and with you.
- Keep it focused. It is not necessary to share all your story either. Sometimes it is good to tell your story in bits, over a longer period, especially if you will be seeing someone regularly.
- Keep listening to God. Every person we meet will have different needs, will come from a different background, and have different experiences. God will help us tailor our stories, so that bridges can be built from them to God.
Paul said, “Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make know the mystery of the gospel.” (Ephesians 6:19)
Some attitudes it is good to develop as you share your story with people:
- Be prepared. Take the time to think through what you would like to say if ever someone asked you about your faith.
1 Peter 3:15 “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hopethat you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”
- Be respectful. Ask permission to share and if the person doesn’t want to hear, respect their wish. If they do want to hear, speak graciously.
Colossians 4:6 “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
- Be caring. If, when you are sharing, the person begins to tell of their journey in life, their struggles, take the time to listen and care.
- Be strong. There will be those who will laugh at you and try to persuade you to join their philosophy of life. Remember, that Jesus too was despised and rejected. Don’t waver in your faith. God is in you through his Holy Spirit.
The Bible says, “Do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord… He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.” (2 Timothy 1:8-9)
- Be authentic. Don’t put on airs of being perfect, or sorted, or having all knowledge. You don’t. If the person asks you questions and you don’t know the answer, just say so, and that you will get back to them.
Some things you could include in your testimony (read Acts 22:1-21):
- What you were like before you became a Christian.
– Give an example or two.
- What it was that drew you to Jesus. Be specific.
– Did someone tell you about God? Did you read a book?
– Was there a situation in life that made you very aware of your need for God?
– Or did you just look up at the sky and think, “There must be more than this!”
- What happened at the very point when you finally agreed in your heart that you wanted God to be a part of your life, permanently.
– Was someone there who guided you in a prayer?
– Did you reach out your hand to heaven and invite Jesus in?
– Or did you just know that something had changed, that God had come into the picture of your life?
- What life is like now.
– Give an example.
– Share what God means to you now.
– Do you have a favourite verse?
– How do you know that you are a Christian?
- What is your hope for the future.
– Holy Spirit guiding you?
– Purpose in life, a vision to live for?
Remember, just as we are God’s precious children, and so is everyone else in the world. They just don’t know it. After you have shared a part, or all your story, you might see a keen interest in the person who is listening. Ask them if they would like to ask Jesus into their heart. If they would, ask them if they would be willing to do it right then and there. Be ready with a prayer to share with them.
Copyright © Eva Leaf 2017
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