The following post is from my pastor friend, Mike Smith, from Central Baptist, Fountain City, TN. His thoughts always challenge me. His latest book, “Mount and Mountain, vol 2” is available from Smyth and Helwys Publishing, http://www.helwys.com.
If someone asks you to tell them about your faith in Christ, what do you say? Note the way I phrased the question. The hypothetical person is not asking you how to become a Christian but instead about your own faith in Christ. I find that’s where most people start these days. They are not yet ready to become a Christian, but they often are curious to hear the stories of those who are Christ followers.
So…what do you say? My hunch is we find the question challenging. Our faith in Christ is not in question, but we have not thought through how to cast it into words that hold together. The results are predictable. We fall back on formulas or generic phrases, freeze up, or in desperation send our friend to a professional (i.e. clergy).
How might we do better? Start by asking God to fill you with a desire to understand and articulate your experience with God. Carve out some time to reflect on the matter. Write down words, phrases and impressions as they spring to mind. Don’t rush. Instead allow your individual story to take shape. As it does, write it out, leaving plenty of space for deletions, additions and edits. Ask yourself again and again: Is this accurate, true, and real. Do not settle for any story other than your own. Read aloud what you have written. Sooner or later, you will find and write and speak your own story of faith.
That’s the story others want and need to hear.
Central Baptist Church, Fountain City