Dare To Share
by Doug Pierce
Published on July 17, 2022

DARE TO SHARE

By Doug Pierce

 

 “But  sanctify the Lord God in your hearts:  and be ready always to give an  answer to every man that asketh you a  reason of the hope that is in you with  meekness and fear.”

I Peter 3:15

 Our verse for today is not a suggestion, it is a command! Look at it again. “…And be ready always to give an answer to every man who asketh you a reason of the hope that is within you…”

 Ask yourself these questions — give an honest answer:

  • Are you ready today for an opportunity the Lord might give you to share Christ with someone?
  • Have you shared your faith lately?

I’ve heard people say on an occasion, “Keep the faith!” But not only should you keep it, you also should want to give it away. As far as I’m concerned, if you don’t want to give it away, you ought to give it up, because what you have is not real! You will never convince me that you know the real joy of the Lord Jesus if you do not want to share it with the many people around you who don’t know the Lord. Could I have an amen, please?!?  In Acts 1:8 Jesus said, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me…” That command is not just for preachers and missionaries, but also to every believer that is filled with the Holy Spirit.

ANY WHERE, ANY TIME, ANY PLACE WITH ANYBODY 

The command in our verse is to “BE READY ALWAYS…” I’ll never forget a wonderful opportunity the Lord gave me to share my faith while on a plane flight from Los Angeles to Memphis, TN. I had just come from a weeks long pastor’s conference in Orange County, CA. It’d been a great week. After finding my seat and watching others boarding the plane, a young couple, Steve and Beverly, took their seats right beside me. During the flight, I had planned to go over some thoughts I had for my message that coming Sunday so I had my Bible out on my lap. But before I could open it, Steve commented, “I wish I knew more about that book.”

I replied, “Let me show you a verse that means the world to me!”

Okay,” He said.

I turned to John 3:3 and read the words of Jesus where He said, “…I say unto thee, except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” “That happened to me when I was about 20 years old, and I’ve never been the same since the day I was born again!”

“Well, let my wife sit next to you so y’all can share. She’s into that sort of thing.” Steve said.

So they swapped seats and Beverly sat down and began sharing her testimony with me. And it was while we were sharing with one another about the Lord, I heard Steve begin to sob! I leaned forward and asked, “Steve, Are you okay?”

“He needs what you’re sharing . . . he needs to be born again!” Beverly said.

“Well, y’all swap seats again, and let me show him!” I shared with Steve from my Bible how to be born again! PTL! Steve prayed and received Christ on the plane that day! After we prayed, he asked me if he could show me something very personal. I said, “Sure!” He pulled out a letter his daughter had written them.

Steve explained, “We live in Ventura, CA and we sent our daughter to Pensacola Christian College. She had gotten into a lot of trouble and we thought it’d be best for her to get away from home and bad influences and go to a Christian school. It’s been over a year now and we’re on our way to see her.”

Then he said, “Here’s what I want to show you.” He opened the letter and pointed to a phrase, “Mom…Dad, listen to this verse, “YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN” (John 3:3). Mom, . . . Dad, this happened to me! This week!”

WOW! I thought. No wonder Steve wept when I quoted that verse! God’s timing is perfect! God is good! Amen?!

ARE YOU SHARING YOUR FAITH WITH OTHERS?

This may surprise some, but the Lord never commands us to win souls to Christ. But you and I are responsible to share . . . to plant the seed of God’s Word in people’s hearts! When we’re obedient to share with others, we have the promise there will be those who come to Christ because of our witness (see Psalm 126:5-6).  Jesus said, “The harvest is great, but the laborers are few.” [1] The tragedy today is not that fewer people than ever are turning to Christ, but that fewer believers are sharing Christ with the lost that are all around them! Again, Jesus said, The harvest IS (right now [2]) great.

PRAY THE PRAYER OF ISAIAH

I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. And he said, Go, and tell this  people… (Isaiah 6:8-9a). Will you get on your knees today and pray, Lord, here I am…send me . . . Lord, Open the door for me and give me the opportunity to share my faith with someone who needs Jesus today!

Think it over . . . 

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Doug Pierce is a Church planter and a pastor. In 2003 he started, and continues to pastor First Independent Methodist Church in Madison, Mississippi. His #1 priority is to glorify God in all aspects of ministry. He does this through teaching his congregation to Love God, Love One Another, and Love Others to God. Prayer, outreach, and church growth through evangelism are vital parts of his ministry. He and his wife Suzanne live in Madison, Mississippi where they also enjoy their children and grandchildren.

To find out more about Doug‘s ministry visit the FIMC Website

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4 Comments

  1. Barb Hegreberg

    Yes, we must ALWAYS be ready to share our faith. When God gives us the opportunity, He will so give us the words.

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  2. Russell Kendall Carter

    I do not believe that quoting the Bible or talking about religion is being faithful to God; the only true way to show faith in God is to treat all whom we meet with love and aid if necessary. This is God’s wish.

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    • Andy Oldham

      Yes, we should treat all people we meet with love and aid as necessary. Perhaps you can help me understand what you mean when you say that talking religion (Christ in this case), or quoting scripture (God’s Holy Word) is being unfaithful to God. Scripture is essential to God’s purposes in our lives, and in presenting the Gospel. Without Scripture we have no foundation to present the Gospel. We should be able to quote it and know where to find it. Without that scripture in Doug’s story, Steve may not have been as convicted as he was, and possible not given his heart to the Lord. His daughter shared the same scripture in her letter which convicted her and confirmed what Doug was presenting. It is amazing how God works isn’t it?

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