So I saw this photo this last week. I also read a distributing article written on this data as well.
The study conducted by LifeWay Research found 80 percent of those who attend church one or more times a month, believe they have a personal responsibility to share their faith, but 61 percent have not told another person about how to become a Christian in the previous six months.
Are you seeing that??? Did you actually catch that? We KNOW we should be sharing our faith, but a bulk of people in our faith ARE NOT sharing their faith. They are not actively talking about Jesus!
Often times what we tend to jump to is that we say stuff like ' Oh, I'm sure most of them just don't feel comfortable sharing their faith with other people. They feel like they are not properly equipped.' Well if you keep reading this article something shocking comes out in it.
Three-quarters of churchgoers say they feel comfortable in their ability to effectively communicate the gospel, while 12 percent say they don't feel comfortable telling others about their faith.
So a bulk of people are not 'AFRAID' to share their faith. They just are not doing it.
So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. James 4:17
Well here is my honest thought on this topic.
I honestly think that the reason we're not talking about Jesus more is simply because we really don't love Him.
How can I say that? Because we say, sing, and pray all the time (in church) that we love Jesus...so how can I say that we really don't. Because if you notice something...we brag on and talk about stuff we love ALL THE TIME. Not just for an hour or two in a particular building.
When we love something we express that love about that thing by bragging about it. We tell other people about all of those above things...and sometimes people talk so much about some of those above topics that it drives people insane, but honestly we don't care. Why? Because we love those things.
But when it comes to sharing and talking about the God who saved, redeemed and brought us back to life we are stone cold silent.
So we can talk a big game and say we believe in Jesus all day long and that we have good theology and that we go to a nice church, but if we are refusing to talk about Jesus on a regular basis the empirical evidence states we really don't love or care about Jesus!
James 2:19 says that the demons in hell BELIEVE in God and tremble...(some of us don't even do that much) so there needs to be a step above this idea of just belief. There has a desire want to know Jesus and be known by Him. There has to be an outward expression of your inward belief. I mean look at Paul in Romans 1:14:
'I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish.'
There was a compulsion that came up in Paul to talk about and preach this message of Jesus. He was not just a Christ follower in name only...he was doing things and talking about the person of Jesus Christ to as many people as he possibly could. Because he knew that God had done something amazing for him, and so his love for Christ over-flowed into every area of his life. Don't beelive me look at this last verse in Acts 28:30-31
He lived there two whole years at his own expense, and
welcomed all who came to him, proclaiming the kingdom of
God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all
boldness and without hindrance.
The facts are showing that we are not talking about Jesus...we are not sharing the message of the Gospel and for the majority of us it's not because we are afraid. It's because we are busy doing other things and we are not really that excited or passionate about that message. We are more excited about our sports teams winning or losing than we are about the message of eternal salvation. This is a problem.
If I told you I loved my wife more than anything in the world... 95% of the time, but 5% of the time I enjoyed the company of another woman....you'd not only call me a liar, and a cheater, you'd also say: 'You don't really love your wife whatsoever!!! Which you'd be right. But most of us in the Christian faith are doing this exact same thing with Jesus. We are cheating on him like crazy, while saying we really love him. We are only fooling ourselves. This has got to stop!
So how do we resolve this issue?
You see repentance is the cure. Falling in LOVE with Jesus is the answer. Making Him your main priority is how we experience personal revival. I think once we do this thing like what we've read about above will just disappear.