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Good News Is For Sharing (Part 2)

May 26, 2017

Why are we so often reluctant sharers? Why, even when we sometimes feel a strong sense of “oughtness” about witnessing do we fail to do it?

I think there are several reasons:

  • Fear of how people will react
  • Not knowing how to communicate or what to say
  • The belief that witnessing is “just not my gift”
  • The lack of motivation
  • A distorted view of what evangelism and witnessing involve

Some identify faith sharing with a certain technique, program, or verbal pattern. Others associate it with high-pressure salesmanship. They find it difficult to get psyched up to something that seems unnatural.

I am so glad it doesn’t have to be this way. Faith sharing at its best comes from the overflow of a life shared with Jesus Christ and others on a day by day basis. I like the way Paul puts it:

“God…through Christ changed us from enemies into his friends and gave us the task of making others his friends also” (2 Cor 5:18)

Sharing good news is a life-style patterned after God. It is a life of making friends for God, as God has made us his friends through his Son.

Leighton Ford

Adapted from Good News Is For Sharing (Revised edition, 2017, Leighton Ford Ministries)

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