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Sharing Your Faith

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

It's often been said that the things of God are the exact opposite of the things of this world. For instance, to have something, we must give it to others. We cannot hoard anything, keeping it all to ourselves, whether it is money, material goods, or knowledge. Every thing we have is a gift from our loving Father God, and He expects us to share whatever it is He has given us. If we truly love Him, we will share whatever He has blessed us with, not because He demands it, but because we know He has blessed us and wants us to bless others in turn.

This same principal applies to our faith. Faith isn't faith until it has been tested; until it has come into question or under attack, it is merely a belief, and everyone has beliefs. No, faith doesn't become true faith until it has been put to the test. And by sharing it with others, especially with non-believers, we find our faith is really put to the test.

The best way to fully understand our faith is by sharing it with others. This helps us gain a better realization of what and where our faith is. If it is based on anything besides Jesus Christ, it is a hopeless and helpless faith, no good to us or anyone else. We learn and understand what faith is by talking about it, sharing it with others, both believers and unbelievers. It is in sharing our faith that it becomes more fixed in our minds, rather than merely a nebulous belief.

Sharing our faith benefits both ourselves and others. We build up others believers by sharing our faith with them.

Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints. (Philemon 1:7)

Sharing our faith with non believers may be the thing that leads to their salvation. We are told to always be ready to answers questions regarding our faith. (See I Timothy 4:2) And sharing our faith helps to develop our own understanding. Sharing our faith is a win-win situation all the way around.

So, who have you shared your faith with lately?


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