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Last week was See You at the Pole, when students around the country take a stand for their faith by praying at their school flag poles, interceding in prayer on behalf of their generation. Not so long ago I was a student myself, and my own school days had a great impact on the person I am today, and how my faith has shaped who I am.
Heading into my freshman year, I went from a small Christian school to one of the largest public high schools in the area, and I was terrified. It was one of the most difficult seasons of my short life thus far, and I certainly learned some lessons along the way. The faith that I thought I was so sure about was tested.
God did not only want me to be secure in my faith, but he also wanted me to share my faith with others.
How in the world would I be able to do that? I am the textbook case of an introvert, so this was no easy task. Maybe you feel this way, too. Maybe you’re wondering how to share the love of Jesus with your friends without seeming ‘weird’ or ‘pushy.’
I understand, and I’ve been there. Allow me to offer three things I’ve learned about sharing your faith:
- Announcement is not necessary
The simplest way you can share your faith is through your actions. Are you looking like everyone else? Do you cuss along with your friends or tear others down? We are called to a higher standard, to look different than the rest of the world. Paul puts it this way: “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2).
Look different than your friends, coworkers, and family. There is one thing that you can change today to let your faith shine through.
- Conversation is key
I had a friend in high school who asked me, “There’s something just different about you, Emily. How are you so joyful all the time?” That opened up an opportunity to share about what Christ did for me and how he brought me through struggles in my life. Sharing your faith can be a conversation that lasts two minutes, two hours, or two years. I think a lot of us feel like we will be rejected by people if we share openly about what we believe. It may happen, but it is an opportunity to let the Holy Spirit work.
Invite a neighbor over for coffee, go out with your friends, or strike up a conversation with a family member. You never know how God will work until you allow him to enter your conversation.
- Lead by example
Good leaders often have their training by one who led them first. It is the same way with leading by example. “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12). We are told to set the example so that others can see Christ in us. Even if you don’t feel qualified to lead, you are still called to do so. Maybe you can start a Christian club at school or reach out to someone you know is struggling. Set that example.
How will you start the conversation?