Are You Ready?

Are You Ready?

I wonder how many people we have passed by this week who don’t know the Lord.

Perhaps they were in the grocery store, in the neighborhood, at the gas station, at the mall or movie theater. To be honest, how often do we even think about it? I have to confess, I don’t think about it as much as I should.

But why don’t we think about it more? Why is it not uppermost in our minds?

  • Perhaps we have become complacent. After all, we have salvation and eternal life. Someone else will tell them. It doesn’t have to be me. I’m busy.
  • Maybe it’s because we think that only those with the gift of evangelism are expected to share their faith, but that is not true. We are all called to make Him known and to share the gospel, regardless of our spiritual gifts.
  • Maybe we don’t bother because we feel that there’s no need. If God has chosen them to be one of the elect, then He will bring them into the kingdom one way or another. He doesn’t need me. But you may be the very instrument God wants to use to bring them to Himself. I wonder how many people we have passed by this week who don’t know Jesus as Savior.

Peter exhorts his readers in 1 Peter 3:15:

“But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.”

Always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you… Are you ready?

There are several ways we can share Christ with others, but one method is by sharing our personal testimony. If you have come to know Christ personally, then you have a testimony. But are you ready to share it if someone asks you to “give an account for the hope that is in you”?

A young lady emailed me this week with this question: “Do you have any good resources for people wanting to write out and share their personal testimony?” A quick answer to that is, yes, I do.

Click on the Personal Testimony Worksheet to help you get started. If you have not done this yet, there’s no better time to start than now.

Have you had a chance to share your testimony with someone recently? I’d love to hear about it. What keeps you from sharing your faith more?

  1. Love this tool! Really helped me organize my testimony! Thanks, Crickett.

  2. Since we have been in Romania and Moldova this summer, I have had the opportunity to share my testimony on numerous occasions…with non-believers as well as believers. I am meeting with some women here who have only been believers for 1 year or less. Sharing “testimonies” of my walk with the Lord has greatly encouraged their faith as they are struggling with how to live before a holy God in this “new life” of grace in a country where the main religion is works-based. These young believers are hungry to learn from an older believer, and I am amazed by the questions that they have asked me about basics of the faith. There is a great need for discipleship here, but these women want personal examples as well of “how I do it”. By being here, I have been “spurred on” in new ways to share my testimony of salvation as well as to share testimonies of how I walk with the Lord on a daily basis as a woman, wife, and mother.

  3. 2 weeks ago, I met a young adult from England. She has clearly not been raised in a Christian home and is trying to find truth and happiness in the world. After my mom and I shared with her on several occasions, I saw no heart change. This “failed” attempt gave me a feeling of defeat and discoragement. The Lord has shown me though that I, my family and the Romanians have planted seeds in her heart. One or many people may plant seeds, then more people come along and water those seeds by conversation with her and prayer for her. Then another comes along and finally picks the fruit that so many have labored so hard to produce. I feel that the fear of failure and defeat discourages us and keeps us from sharing our faith with so many. I realized after this “failed” attempt that it was actually a win in God’s eyes. Although she is still not a Christian, I pray one day that another will pick the fruit of the work that so many of us planted seeds and watered.

    • Sabrina and Abby,

      Thanks so much for your comments. Your family is a great testimony to us as you have given your summer to minister to the people in Romania and Moldova. Abby, you shared what many of us feel – discouragement and defeat – when we don’t see results from sharing our faith and testimonies. But you said it well – we plant seeds, and we pray for the fruit to come as others water. You have been obedient to share; and then you have to leave the results to God.
      Praying for you and your family as you “wind up” your time in Romania.

  4. Thanks, Crickett. This sheet was so helpful to me!

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