A few years ago I was chatting to a friend and she said in passing, “I didn’t know you were a strong Christian.” It wasn’t said in a negative manner – it was more of an observation on her part. Afterwards it prompted me to ask myself why she didn’t know. Why was my faith a surprise to her? What was I doing (or not doing) that resulted in her surprise at my relationship with God?
Faith, by definition, is a strong belief in God, based on spiritual comprehension rather than proof or a complete trust or confidence in someone or something. I have always had faith. I have never doubted the existence and omnipresence of God, so how was it that a friend of mine didn’t know about my Faith in God? Then it hit me.
Matthew 5 v 15 “Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a (bushel) bowl. Instead they put it on its stand and it gives light to everyone in the house.”
I was the bushel. Your relationship with God is a private one – it’s between you and Him but your FAITH should be shared over and over again. I was confusing my private relationship with God and my responsibility to share my Faith.
We all like to share in people’s joy. In the same way that a baby’s laugh will make everyone in the room smile – our Faith should have the same effect.
So how do you share something that is essentially intangible? Easy. You share yourself. Share your story, your experiences, your feelings. (I can imagine most men groaning at the thought of sharing feelings…). Growing in faith is learning that God is so much bigger than any of our fears and self-imposed limits. Sharing your Faith is allowing people to see how far you’ve come and how you’ve become stronger in the process.
I once heard a story about a woman who was driving in her car singing along to praise and worship songs. The car driving behind her didn’t know what she was singing; he only saw her car glowing, radiating light. He followed her and when she stopped, he asked her what she had been doing to make her car glow and she told him about God.
My friend couldn’t see my glow because I wasn’t allowing it. The phrase “Step out in faith” is a truism. We are so fortunate to be in a country that allows us to openly share our God-filled faith without fear of persecution. There are Christians around the world who do not have that luxury, so we should be doing our utmost to share our Faith and the promises of God.
Faith should never be a “best kept secret”, it should be freely shared. Thankfully our Faith lamps are not powered by electricity or gas (both of which can run out), but by God. Through a growing relationship with God, that lamp only gets brighter. Step out in Faith. Share yourself.
Allow God’s light to emanate in your daily life so that someone stops you and asks you why you are glowing and you can turn to them and tell them about God and how loving Him has changed your life.