I have a thought for us today: We don't have to know everything to share something!
How many of you are good at dancing? Some of your probably are, spent lots of time
**Set-up: our niece Jordyn got married this weekend....Jude our 5 year old nephew was one of the attendees. :-) Has anyone been at a wedding with 5 year olds or little kids? :-)
VIDEO: Jude doesn't know everything about dancing, we're going to see right here in this video. :-)
-Jude knew a little bit about dancing, to get out of his seat & on to the dance floor
-he didn't care (Great thing about being 5) what others thought about his knowledge of dancing
-He shared what he knew (a few moves) ...most of us have 1 or to "go to" dance moves! :-)
Most of the people you know who are incredible at something—like playing an instrument—have practiced the same things over and over and over.
Most pro athletes aren’t just making millions because they’re athletic freaks... Most of them are great at what they do because they’ve put in more workouts, reps, sets, time, practice sessions than anyone else on planet Earth. Same for other professionals: musicians, actors, teachers, stylists, writers, managers, etc.!
People you know who understand the Bible really well, or who seem to really connect with God in prayer, are people who have made it a priority to put in time and grow in these areas.
And just like you get to know people better when you talk to them and listen to them, you get to know God better through reading His Word and praying. (LAST WEEK)
And today we’re going to talk about SHARING
This practice isn’t just about the people you talk TO. This is about YOU—this practice grows YOUR faith.
But if you’re anything like me...& most people, the idea of talking about our faith brings a LOT of fears, questions, and insecurities.
What would I say? When I’m having a conversation with somebody who isn’t familiar with what it means to follow God, it’s hard to know what to say about it. And how do you make it seem like a natural part of the conversation?
What if I sound stupid? What if someone asked me what I believe about a controversial subject? And what if I fumbled my way through my explanation of my viewpoint (which has happened to me more than once)? Bottom line: What if I make an idiot of myself? Because when it comes to something as important as our faith, we want to sound smart and confident. And if we don’t feel like we’re going to sound that way, then we might as well stay quiet.
Will I make people mad? It’s no secret that faith can be a heated subject. Any Facebook search on a controversial religious topic reveals just how angry people can get! The idea of us admitting that we’re Jesus-followers can instill some fear and insecurity because we don’t want to find ourselves in heated, angry arguments.
But for the sake of what we are talking about today, I want to make it super-simple. In fact, I want to bring it down: "Share something"
In the book First Peter, Peter, this was the person who wrote the book (and who probably spent more time with Jesus while He was on Earth than anybody), addresses those moments when we have an opportunity to talk to people about our relationship with God. He says this: