There's something kinda scary about the idea of telling others about Jesus, isn’t there? You imagine yourself at school, standing on the table in the lunchroom, spouting out verses from the Bible while people point and call you a "Jesus Freak.". It seems so—invasive, almost—to push your ideas onto other people. And you don't want to get the reputation as the weird girl. So you stay quiet.
But, telling others about Jesus is an important part of the Christian life. And, even though it seems overwhelming, God asks us to be His witnesses. Notice He doesn’t say don a robe and sandals and start preaching in the middle of gym class. Sharing the news about Jesus isn’t really like that at all. I mean, I guess it can be. But, for most of us, it’s not. A rule of thumb that works for me:
Share the Gospel at all times. And, if necessary, use words. (By the Gospel, I mean the news from the Bible about Jesus that comes from Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.)
So how can you share the Gospel without using words? For believers your age, one of the best ways to help someone understand faith, is by watching someone who is living it. You listen to your friend’s recommendations about movies, TV shows, the coolest apps, and other things in life, right? If you saw someone living their life for Jesus every day, and then you had a question about what that was all about, wouldn’t you go to that person?
The Bible says we are to be “shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” Matthew 10:16. Read it here. No, this doesn’t mean a sneak attack and pop quizzes on memory verses on unsuspecting non-believers. This means that you must be aware of what people think of the Gospel (positive or negative) and then present it in a gentle way. Have a loving attitude when you approach people, understanding that the concept might be very unusual to them.
One of the gentlest ways is through friendships.
Be a good example for others. God is working in you, and with you, to bring others to Him. If you are living your life for Him, people will notice. They will sense a peace and happiness about you that they don’t have, but most likely want. Be a good example at all times so that when the opportunity arises to talk about Jesus, it’s just as simple as talking about your math assignment. (Okay, maybe math is harder.)
Some ideas for living out your faith in gentle ways:
*Pray for a friend who is going through a tough time. You can do it with that friend, or just tell them you’re going to and do it later during your prayer time.
*Pray before meals at school. You don’t need to raise your hands and cause a ruckus (unless you wanna), but watching someone pause to give thanks before a meal is a powerful witness to God.
*Choose not to participate in gossip that might hurt someone. Just bow out of those conversations. Before long, people will notice—and respect—that you always take the high road. Then, they’ll wonder why.
*Befriend someone that others won’t. I know this can be hard. But, showing a small kindness to someone that others are mean to can go an incredibly long way in their life. And in yours.
*Pray that God gives you opportunities to share your faith.
Chat it Out
Time to grab a trusted adult and chat out these questions.
1. Have you ever told anyone about Jesus? Share details and tell me what the toughest part was.
2. Do you ever feel like a Jesus freak when you talk about God?
3. Do you have any ideas for how I can tell my friends about Jesus without them thinking I'm weird?
I love to share the gospel through my writing. Sharing it face to face, is a little scarier. But, I try to live my life in such a way that others are drawn to ask me why I do the things I do—then, I spring it on them: it’s all about Jesus!
For Parents: Sharing the gospel is difficult at any age. But, in today’s society, I believe that one of the most effective ways to do this is by living out your faith openly—something that is so rare, people tend to notice. By living our faith out with our tweens (praying with them, explaining the choices we make, showing them the way that Jesus would have us live) we set a great example of how they can do the same for others.
Tween girls are at a time in their lives where actions speak louder than words. They are watching each other, and you. Make it easy for them to understand how easy living out your faith can be.
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