For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty. 2 Peter 1:16
What do we say about our faith? How do we share what we believe? How would we invite others into this value system that has nurtured, shaped, and sustained our lives? There is a sense that a person needs to be part theologian to speak about their faith. As a result, few of us feel qualified to talk about our relationship with God in ways that could be compelling to others.
The first Christian witnesses were nothing fancy. It is true that the apostle Paul spent much of his time trying to prove Jesus was the Messiah by using his vast knowledge of Hebrew scripture, but most Christian witnesses were not cleverly devised theological treatises. Early Christians just spoke plainly about their experience of the God they had come to know through Jesus Christ. They simply shared their experiences, without worrying too much about how systematic their beliefs were. The way you witness to your faith is to share with others your experience of God. You don’t need fancy theological proofs—your willingness to speak of your relationship with Jesus is often proof enough.
What keeps you from speaking your faith?
Lord, I am more than tempted to leave faith talk to the pastor on Sunday morning. It is just easier that way. I convince myself that I would make a mess of a faith conversation anyway, so I remain silent. But my silence has a way of disquieting me, as well. Do I not have a story to tell? Have You done so much for me, only for me to refuse to talk about You? That’s not right, and I do not want that to be my way any longer. Open a door for me this week to talk about our relationship with someone who needs to know about You. Sweep aside my fears of theological correctness, and help me to speak from the heart about how I feel Your presence in my life. In Jesus’ name, I pray. AMEN.