When you’re filled with the Holy Spirit through prayer, and establishing meaningful connections with non-Christians, opportunities to share Jesus will become more noticeable.
You’ll get asked why you’re different or conversations will turn to topics of spirituality and faith. You’ll see someone that needs help or the Holy Spirit will challenge you to do or say something. It could be anything; you just need to be ready to respond.
The Bible teaches that God holds the main responsibility for salvation, not you. Jesus himself said, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him” (John 6:44). So, if the Holy Spirit is already at work in the hearts and lives of people around you then:
Sharing Jesus simply means responding to the prompting of the Holy Spirit and joining Him in the work he’s already doing.
To help define your role even further, Jesus describes us as witnesses. In Acts 1:8 he says, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
You’re not the judge, the prosecutor, or the defence attorney. You don’t need to judge, convince, or defend. You’re a witness. A witness is a person who sees an event take place and/or has knowledge of something from observation or experience. All you need to do is give testimony to what you’ve seen and heard. Don’t underestimate the power of this.
When Peter and John were called to account before the Sanhedrin, the simple witness of their words and actions had power: “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realised that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13).
When you respond to the prompting of the Holy Spirit, you’re not alone. He’s right there to help and guide us, and give us the right words to say.
Jesus encourages us in John 14:26: “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you”
The book of Acts in the Bible provides a powerful example of responding to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Philip, guided by the Spirit, approaches a chariot and listens attentively. He discerns that the person is reading from the Scriptures and seizes the opportunity to engage in conversation by asking, “Do you understand what you are reading?” (Acts 8:26-40). This remarkable story serves as a reminder that the Holy Spirit’s work transcends time and remains relevant to us today.
Here are three practical steps and three tools that will help you navigate these opportunities:
- Pray: Ask God daily for opportunities to talk about Him with confidence and wisdom. Open yourself up to the leading of the Holy Spirit by growing a deep personal relationship with Jesus.
- Listen: Hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit is vital. “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27). Seek to get familiar with His voice every day and spend time in His presence. As you cultivate deeper relationships with people, listen for his voice during those interactions and His voice will become clearer.
- Act: When the Holy Spirit prompts you to take action, be bold and take action. Whether it’s sharing a word of encouragement, offering to pray for someone, or initiating a conversation about faith. Take a leap of faith and respond when you are prompted by the Holy Spirit.
Cultivate your relationship with Jesus, learn to hear His voice and be bold to take action when you feel his prompting. Responding to the leading of the Holy Spirit is essential for sharing Jesus in everyday life, as together, we’re helping the world know Jesus.
You’re not the judge, the prosecutor, or the defence attorney. You’re a witness.
Pray, listen and act.
Invite the Holy Spirit into every part of sharing Jesus.
Ask the Holy Spirit for opportunities to share Jesus with people.
Practice saying ‘yes’ to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Be ready to pray with someone, tell your story, explain the gospel, or to invite people to church.
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal how he is working in the people you know and meet, and how you can be part of it.
Read a good book on community: The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard, Keep in Step with the Spirit by J I Packer.
Read the story of Philip the evangelist in Acts 8.
1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)
But in your hearts revere 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.
John 14:26 (NIV)
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
Luke 12:12 (NIV)
For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.
Mark 13:11 (NIV)
Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.
John 16:13 (NIV)
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
Romans 8:26-27 (NIV)
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
John 10:27 (NIV)
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.