Do’s and Dont’s of Sharing Your Faith III
The last two posts we have discussed the do’s of sharing your faith. We have discussed that we should be led by God’s Spirit. We need God to give us a targeted burden as to whom we will share the gospel with. Not only do we need a targeted burden, but we need to share the Scriptures with people. It is not enough to just lead a Godly life before others (Though this is important and necessary), but we need to share the word.
Today I would like to share a “don’t” with you. When sharing your faith do not judge people. It is not our place to judge others, God will do that in his timing.
Acts 9:10-19 says:
10There was a disciple in Damascus by the name of Ananias. The Master spoke to him in a vision: “Ananias.”
“Yes, Master?” he answered.
11-12“Get up and go over to Straight Avenue. Ask at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus. His name is Saul. He’s there praying. He has just had a dream in which he saw a man named Ananias enter the house and lay hands on him so he could see again.”
13-14Ananias protested, “Master, you can’t be serious. Everybody’s talking about this man and the terrible things he’s been doing, his reign of terror against your people in Jerusalem! And now he’s shown up here with papers from the Chief Priest that give him license to do the same to us.”
15-16But the Master said, “Don’t argue. Go! I have picked him as my personal representative to non-Jews and kings and Jews. And now I’m about to show him what he’s in for—the hard suffering that goes with this job.”
17-19So Ananias went and found the house, placed his hands on blind Saul, and said, “Brother Saul, the Master sent me, the same Jesus you saw on your way here. He sent me so you could see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” No sooner were the words out of his mouth than something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes—he could see again! He got to his feet, was baptized, and sat down with them to a hearty meal.
Do not judge because we may not see what God sees. Ananias saw an assassin, God saw an apostle. Ananias saw a murderer, God saw a missionary. Ananias saw a persecutor, God saw a preacher. God sees our potential before anyone else sees it, therefore we should freely share the gospel with whom God tells us. It does not matter if we feel they deserve it or not. I am sure there are many people in my life and yours who feel that we did not deserve the mercy of God, but they shared anyway. So when sharing do not feel superior or self-righteous toward the other person because God sees greatness in them that we do not see. Like Ananias who only saw the bad in but was faithful anyway, we to must be faithful and share regardless of what we may think. God’s ways are higher than ours. He knows the heart of a person better than we do