Faith is powerful but only when practiced. People may have told friends and family about their faith and they listened half-heartedly or brushed it off. They might wonder what they’re doing wrong. The truth is they can’t force someone to open their heart to the Gospel, but God can with His Spirit.
What Can I do?
One of the best ways to share faith is to practice it. Many non-believers see those with faith as a hypocrite because they will tell people to do what thing but then do another. Show others that believers love them and care for them. Listen to them without the intent to respond.
Individuals might have trouble answering their questions or helping them, but they won’t deny that they’re living a godly life. Strengthen faith by attending church, praying, and reading the Gospel. Translate and share what they read or learned by their actions. This will attract others and they’ll want to know what’s different about them.
Father Rutler from New York believes prayer is a simple but underestimated power. While actions are certainly important, prayer is the foundation. Before someone begins a conversation about their faith with someone, say a little prayer.
Start the conversation with others. We all struggle to open a conversation with someone about our faith. Many people will tell believers about their struggles and one of the best responses they can offer is a prayer that God will take care of their hardship. Also, ask them to let them know when God answers that prayer.
Now, don’t just start praying. Ask them first if they would mind. Most people won’t say no if they pray for them, but they want to remain respectful. If people come off too strong, others could push them further away.
Strengthen faith by attending church, praying, and reading the Gospel. Translate and share what believers read or learned by actions. This will attract others and they’ll want to know what’s different about them.
Remember to keep it simple. Don’t assume that everyone knows the Gospel or what people are talking about. If they go too in-depth or start to go off on a tangent, the listener might lose interest, feel confused, or feel as though they dominated the conversation. They don’t need fancy methods to share faith. Simply let people know the basics and that Jesus loves them and will always be open to forgive them when they’re ready.
George Rutler is a great inspirational guide to look at. He spreads his faith by listening to others and their struggles. But more than listening, he helps guide them to the path of the Lord by helping them with their problems. He involves himself with the community through missionary and volunteer work, which he’s done most of his life. He’s shown that he lives a godly life.
He has written many books on his faith, the Gospel, and current events. This helps further educate followers on why the word of the Lord is important and so that they can spread the word. He’s also lectured for higher education to teach more people about God’s love.