Pursuing Answers to Questions of Faith & Life

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

How well do you know your faith?

How well do you know the Gospel? How comfortable are you with your Bible? How well can you share your testimony? How well do you know Jesus?

If you can’t say you know it well, you can’t explain your testimony, or feel distant from Jesus, there may be something you can do about it.

It’s the teaching principle. You never know something nearly as well until you have to teach it. You never think of all you need to think of until you do a run through in front of someone.

Paul shared a similar thought in Philemon—that being you will better and more fully understand your faith when you are actively, vibrantly, continually sharing your faith.

Philemon 1:6— “I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.”

IOW, if you will dare to actively and repeatedly share your faith, you will be amazed at how well you know it, how close you are to Jesus, how more vibrant and passionate your life with Christ is. I can testify that I never know my Bible as well as those moments as I am sharing my faith or explaining some concept to an unbeliever. I believe it is because of the work of the Holy Spirit empowering those moments—but He will bring to mind certain passages, He will help me find them even when I’m unsure of the exact place, He will help me make connections between passages that I had always missed before.

If you want to have a full understanding of your faith, then share it with someone. It keeps you sharp and thinking. The conversation will not just end at the parting, it will continue in your mind as you process the conversation, as you think about what you could have said—“oh, I wish I would have thought of that!”. And when the next time comes around, you’ll be more comfortable in sharing, your mind will be even better able to testify to your Savior.

We have so many good things in Christ—most of which we take for granted, don’t even think about, which we don’t understand. We lose track of just how far we have fallen and just how much grace was needed to bring us back into fellowship. But sharing your faith, sharing the Good News will make you talk about the good things we have in Him, will make you appreciate even more what He did for you and remind you the lengths God went to share with you His love, His forgiveness, His desire to be with you forever.

If your relationship is a little stale—do a little sharing.

Sharing—it’s not just for 2 year olds anymore. Then again, sharing was never meant to be just about toys.

Pursuing Answers to Questions of Faith & Life,

Kelly Reed

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