Sharing Christ is More Belief than Action
In a study conducted by LifeWay Research, eighty percent of church goers said, “I have a personal responsibility to share my religious beliefs about Jesus Christ with non-Christians.” However, this belief is generally not put into action by believers.
Nearly half (48%) of the 3000 church goers surveyed admitted to not inviting anyone to church in the past six months. Sixty-one percent said they had not shared how to become a Christian with anyone else in the past six months.
Why the disconnect between belief and action?
1. Lackluster Prayer Life. Twenty percent of believers rarely or never pray for people who are not professing Christians. Ed Stetzer, director of the research project, said, “praying more frequently for the status of people who are not professing Christians is the best indicator of more spiritual maturity in the entire ‘Sharing Christ’ factor.” Effectively sharing Christ with others demands a more rigorous prayer life.
2. Limited Bible Engagement. Forty percent of believers do not read their Bibles even once a week. In fact, eighteen percent rarely or ever do. In response, Stetzer says, “You can follow Christ and see Christianity as your source of truth, but if that truth does not permeate your thoughts, aspirations and actions, you are not fully engaging the truth.” The bottom line is that the more we intentionally pray for others, the more we share Christ with them.
3. Loss of Focus. It is much easier to focus on growing as disciples than making new disciples. Often we get caught up in the learning component of the Great Commission. We launch spectacular spiritual growth classes and establish small groups dedicated to prayer and accountability—and these are all good. But somewhere on the road to transforming ourselves we have forgotten that the imperative of the Great Commission—the underlined command—is to make disciples. We need to refocus our calling as disciples to share Christ with others.
What other reasons are there for having a disconnect between belief and action?