Don’t get too meta about sharing your faith.

This might seem counter-intuitive, but sometimes I get too meta about sharing my faith. I think you might, too.

See, whenever I think about telling someone about Jesus, how great He is, and how they should check into it all, I really start to doubt my own belief. I start thinking about how I can prove to them that Jesus is God, that the world was created by Him, and that the flood actually happened. I start wondering if I’m just deceiving myself. In all the worry about being right, I completely forget how much value Jesus adds to my life–the community I’ve experienced, the education, the inspiration, and the direction that comes from following Him. And I forget how other people might be encouraged by the same things I am. Sharing might actually be something they thank me for later.

We don’t always have to give physical evidence when we share our beliefs. Sometimes we can just share our hopes. And when we realize that we don’t have to prove anything (we’re the witnesses, not the judge, after all) we can be a lot freer about it. We just have good news, that’s all. Really, really, really good news.

 “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” -1 Peter 3:15