As I've listened to the news stories of both those who survived and some who lost their lives, one theme seemed to crop up, whether it was couple on the beach holding each other, a girlfriend and boyfriend running for safety, or a daughter phoning her family - the key phrase they were saying to their loved ones was 'I love you'.
In my last blog I looked at three reasons why we need to tell people about Jesus. The truth is so many of us actually struggle to do it. 'I'm not called', 'I'm not gifted', 'It's not my job' seem to be the main excuses some people use to try and alleviate themselves from the responsibility every Christian has of sharing their faith.
Looking for an answer
The thing is it's easy to sit behind a laptop and make potentially accusing remarks about excuses people use to get them out of sharing their faith - but for all of us there has to be a starting point. If we are serious about reaching others but have real, authentic fears about what to say or how to do it, we need to find a starting point in our own lives from which we are able to feel comfortable sharing from. The spectrum goes from the excuses mentioned above to 'I'd like to tell people about Jesus but I don't know where to start' - to 'I've just led someone to Jesus - how cool is that!
So what is the answer to the fears we face? Where do we begin? The answer is closer to home than you may think!
The power of love
That is our starting point when it comes to evangelism and sharing our faith - it all flows out of our relationship with Jesus. We can't give away something we don't have. We need to keep our relationship with God fresh every day, spend time with him every day, be filled with his Spirit everyday, - and if we do? People WILL notice and hopefully sharing our faith will start to get just a little bit easier.
For people to see the difference in our lives we need to allow God's love to shine through - what does that mean for you? leave a comment below and let us know!