2001-08-01 - Sharing Our Faith With Family
John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
The Question"I believe my Dad may have cancer & is dying, and I am the only one in my family who attends church, reads the Bible, etc. On occasion with my Dad, I bring up God, but not to him as much as to the rest of my family. He is not as easy to talk to. Now more than ever I need to approach this topic for his sake, and I'm unsure how to start. I have the courage, I believe but he has a way of stopping a conversation dead in its tracks if he doesn't want to hear it."
The AnswerSharing the love of Christ with family members is a great challenge for many Christians. We feel the burden to share with them the joy we have experienced, but we fear the rejection that our attempts might bring. We know the positive encouragement's to tell others about our faith and even the command given by Christ in the Great Commission. However, this doesn't make it easy. I would like to try to get practical here and suggest some ways we can show the love of Christ in a nonconfrontational way.
These are just a couple of ideas and there are lots more, but the key is to try to make witnessing as natural a part of your life as possible. Taking an interest in others and then sharing spiritual insight is something that takes practice for many, but it can be learned. Your strongest testimony to your family, to the truth of what you believe, will be found in your daily life.
There is a need to bring people to the point of decision. But there is rarely the need to push hard for a decision to follow Christ. Salvation is, after all, a work of the Holy Spirit, John 16:8. In a sense, our evangelism is often more effective when it is a lifestyle evangelism. Confrontational witnessing, especially within our families, is, at times, less effective than simply "living Christ" before those we know and love.
Sharing the love of Christ with our families is never easy. However, God may have placed you in their lives to be a light to them, and there is often no one closer and no one else who will take an interest in their eternal state like you will. This gives you the privilege of being an ambassador of the kingdom of Heaven (2 Corinthians 5:20) in your own house. May God bless your efforts.
Soli Deo Gloria,