“Our preacher wants us to share God’s grace. I am not sure I can do that. I am not good at talking or persuading people. Do I have to do this?”
The apostle Paul tells Christians that they are like lights in the darkness.
“Do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life…” (Philippians 2:14 – 16a, New American Standard Bible)
We may not think we are influential or persuasive, but as Christians we stand out. The difference is good. We are lights in the dark. While our world is lost in sin and darkness, we stand out as lights, holding forth the word of life.
This can be done in many ways. “Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives” (I Peter 3:1, 2, New International Version). The apostle Peter tells Christian wives they can win over their non-Christian husbands “without words”. In place of persuasive words, Peter recommends a good life that reflects the presence of God.
“Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned; that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak” (Colossians 4:2 – 4, New American Standard Bible). Paul says you can also pray for the spreading of the word. You can pray for those who do teach and persuade with words. You can pray that doors will be opened for those you care about. Even if your particular gift is not teaching someone directly or even inviting someone to know God through worship or Bible study, you can pray for those who do have those gifts.
Finally, don’t be so nervous or uncertain. As a child of God you have experienced the joy of salvation. All God wants is for you to share your joy and blessings, not your misery with others. Share the “good news of the kingdom”. Too many think sharing God’s grace is about convincing someone else to change. It isn’t. Sharing God’s grace is merely about sharing with others the joy of salvation that you have experienced. Among other ways, you can do that by teaching, by example and by prayer. Whatever you choose to do, know that in a dark world you will stand out as a child of light.