“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted, and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed.” – Isaiah 61:1
One of the best ways to share your faith is simply by being an example for Christ. Your life can be a true ministry. But it works both ways. People will only be interested in what you say when they see it evident in your life. People will quickly spot whether your spiritual life is authentic or phony. The absolute worst thing you can do as a follower of Jesus is to say one thing and do another. If you aren’t committed to applying Christian principles in your own life, you will not only be ineffective, but will be seen as insincere and phony.
One of the best ways to show Jesus in your life is by loving others. Jesus taught us to how to share the gospel by showing our love to others in John 13:34-35: “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” Everyone responds to love. As you walk in love, you will be seen as genuine; that you are not simply trying to win an argument or promote a cause; and that you have taken time to talk to them because you truly love them with God’s love. When you love people you will treat them with respect and dignity, no matter the circumstances. Whenever you have the opportunity, show how you won’t change how you treat people, no matter what. When that happens, people around you will wonder how you’re able to show this kind of respect for others.
Another way to show the presence of God is how you handle a crisis in your life. Remember the story in the Bible about Peter walking out onto the water when Jesus called to him? He kept walking above the water as long as he stayed focused on Jesus. But once he focused on the storm, he sank. When the people around you see the peace in your life, especially when it seems like you’re surrounded by storms, you can bet they’ll want to know where your peace comes from.
Another indicator of a God-filled life is in the area of forgiveness. The ability to forgive quickly is a very powerful way to show how Christianity really works. Become a model of forgiveness. Nothing creates division, hostility, and turmoil more than an unwillingness to forgive the people who hurt you. Of course, there will be times when you are absolutely right. But being right doesn’t give you a free pass to punish, humiliate, or embarrass someone else. And it most certainly doesn’t eliminate your responsibility to forgive.
How you live your life can be a ministry and an effective tool for sharing your faith with others.
- What did you think about today’s devotional? What stood out to you?
- How can you tell if your life is a ministry and an example? How does prayer figure into being an example?
- What can we do this week to make our life more of an example?