So you’ve decided to become a Christian! Let me begin by telling you how thrilled we are at Project Inspired to learn that you’ve made this fabulous and life-altering decision! God is pleased with you and the angels in Heaven are rejoicing:
I can guarantee that there will be more happiness in heaven over one person who turns to God and changes the way he thinks and acts than over 99 people who already have turned to God and have His approval. (Luke 15:7)
Now that you’ve accepted Jesus, you may be wondering how to share the good news with your family and friends. Here are some things that you can do:
- First, you should prepare yourself for possible criticism. It may be that not everyone will receive your good news well. Some people may be upset that you’ll no longer do some of the same things that you used to do. Still others may feel that Christianity is the wrong choice because of their own religious views. It may be hard to face this criticism. Remember that you’re seeking God’s approval, NOT the approval of people. Once you commit to that, it should make things a little easier.
- Be firm in your decision to follow Christ. Tell your family and friends about your new lifestyle and don’t allow any negative reactions to deter you. If your family has different religious beliefs, tell them that you love them, but also let them know that you have to live for God. Remain respectful but don’t allow yourself to be deterred. The Bible says this:
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58)
- Most importantly, be sure to PRAY! Ask The Holy Spirit to give you the courage to tell those closest to you about your new life with Christ. Ask Him to give you the words to say as well as the courage to speak with boldness. Ask God for the ability to withstand any criticism. Also, pray that He will speak to your family and friends directly and ask Him to use you as a vessel to draw others into His Kingdom.
Daughters of Christ, the enemy’s mission is to destroy all Godly things. Don’t allow him to use your loved ones to distract you! He’ll try to use people, without their knowledge, in an attempt to get you off of your God-ordained path. He does this because he knows that God’s path will lead you to your destiny. Stay steadfast and God will protect and guide you!
Also, try to use this as an opportunity to share Jesus with your family and friends without being too pushy. Wouldn’t it be great if your family or some of your friends accepted Jesus because of YOUR testimony! Say things like “I learned today…” or “This is what God did for me today….” Be sure to use a non-confrontational approach. Sharing your personal story often draws people to God more than preaching “at” people. After all, the Bible says this:
An offended brother is more unyielding than a fortified city, and disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel. (Proverbs 18:19)
Ladies, do you have any other suggestions?