Very often I hear people who are Christian ask me, “How do I tell my friends or family about God?” I think there are many different social pressures on us in the West that tell us to keep things to ourselves. We are told that it is rude to talk about salary, politics, or religion. I propose that if you believe in God and do not tell people about Him that you do not love Him. If you truly believe that through Jesus your sins are forgiven, and you can spend eternity in heaven with God wouldn’t you want to tell everyone you could? To learn more about Jesus and salvation click here.
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5 Questions about Telling People About God
1. Why tell People About God?
We tell people about God because we know who God is. For people who believe in God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and have faith in Jesus as their lord and savior; they have been saved from hell. These people who have experienced this conversion have the Holy Spirit inside of them and have literally become a new creation through the power of God. One of the actions of the Holy Spirit is that He helps us live a holy life. When we live the way God wants us to, we will do good things and God’s love will be seen by those around us. One of the ways we can tell people about God is by showing our close friends and family how much we love.
The main way we tell others about Christ is by sharing with people what God has done in our lives to give us hope and how our faith has changed our lives. If you haven’t experienced this click here to better understand faith. Being a Christian isn’t easy and I think we do a disservice to people when we claim that being a Christian is easy. Being a Christian isn’t easy because we are to give up our selfish desires to do the desires of God. Christians are called to serve on our weekends instead of sleeping in. We are called to love those who hate us and talk to the guy at work who annoys us to no end. We are called to use our money to help people, even people we don’t like, so we can show them God’s love.
2. Who Should I Tell?
Humans only have freedom in Christ. God made us in a way that our soul craves God. Without God life is lived with a dead soul and ultimately the choice not to follow God leads to death. The free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. This is the only hope humans have for their life to have meaning, for their life to flourish, and to feel true love. Without God, all of the feelings and desires we have are cheap knockoffs of what God has made us for. Tell everyone because everyone needs Jesus.
3. What if They Don’t Believe?
Many people will not believe or simply not care about what you have to say. That is okay! God is the one who opens people’s hearts, you have no power over that. God just tells us to obey Him and tell others about Him. There is one caveat I want to make, however. If they do not want to listen because you live a life of unrepentant sin or judgment of others, then you should repent and turn to God. God doesn’t call us to be perfect, but He does call us to be humble, loving, and expects us to be right with Him.
To be a Christian is to live a servant life to God and others. Persecution will come to those who do the will of the Father. But if you are not following the Bible and are persecuted for it, do not think that this will be rewarded by God. Remember, loving God is the greatest commandment and loving other people is the second.
4. What if They get Mad at Me?
I have had people get mad at me because I tell them that what they are doing is wrong if they call themselves Christian. Often, the people who call themselves Christian do not repent of the sin they are doing and double down on their sin. My best friend for 16 years was going to marry a woman who not only is not a Christian but is against Christianity. He says he is a Christian, so I told him that the Bible says not to marry unbelievers. Of course, I came alone in a loving way to tell him that it will make his life more difficult and that if he has kids, they will have to choose their mother’s Wiccan faith or his Christian faith.
Rather than turning to God, he told me I was being judgmental, and he doesn’t care what the Bible says. Our relationship has ultimately fallen apart in the last year because of it as he isn’t interested anymore in being friends. He chose his girlfriend over God and me. Being a Christian can be extremely hard and often I wish that it was easier, or we weren’t called to tell other Christians the truth because then I would still have my friend.
Ultimately this is my flesh in weakness because I know he is better off knowing the truth from someone he has loved than pretending what he is doing is okay in the eyes of God. I love him deeply and wish I could make the decision for him or that I could do something to help, but I can’t. He was able to decide on his own, and that is what is most important. God calls us to respond one way or another towards Him and no one else can make that decision for us.
5. How can God Expect Me to Tell People About Him?
It is very hard for many people to speak to their family and friends about topics like religion. However, Christianity is not a good book of rules to follow. Christianity is a relationship with God where we can be made full, can live a free life, and spend our lives in heaven with Him where there is no pain or sorrow. If we love our family, we will tell them of God because He is the only hope of this world. The fact is that relationships will end for those who do what God wants. No one likes being told that they are wrong, but we are called to love them more than what we gain from a relationship.
If your friend is doing drugs and cheating on his wife, would you tell him that it’s fine and he should do what makes him happy? No! He is damaging everyone around him, but mostly himself! You would not be a very good friend if you told him that he could do this and have a good life. This is the same with sharing Christ. You have a friend that is heading for hell, and you just act like life is happy and everything will be okay, you aren’t a very good friend. There are however certain boundaries on this.
For example, if they tell you they understand you’re a Christian and that they’re just not interested, you should respect this. If they do this just keep being as loving as possible and live as Christ would. He would not budge on the truth, He would not pretend that everything would be okay, but He still loved the person. Remember, follow the call to tell others about God but only God can change their heart.
Here at SteepleLess Church, we love to help people better understand God. I am the associate pastor and can be contacted at any time. I would love to help you better understand the Bible, pray for you, or just be a friend in times of need. Please reach out at any time at firstname.lastname@example.org. God bless.