September 13, 2018
Photo by Estée Janssens on Unsplash

Here are few happenings in my life:
In 2017, I started using Dudu Osun (a bathing soap), which is now being used by everyone in my house, because someone tweeted about his skin glowing since he started using the soap. 
For some time in August, I was guilt tripped while using a lot of water in the bathroom because I saw an advert by DSTV about saving water so others could have water to use somewhere else. 
Also, I actually know quite a few things about the tech world (for a non-techie person) because, for some reason, I have a number of people I follow on twitter who love the tech world and talk about it like all the time. 
Lastly, in the previous two months, there were instances I had to turn off every power socket and unplug appliances in my room because I remembered tweets by an energy management company I follow on twitter about conserving energy. 

A bit weird or na?

Would any of these things have happened without someone else communicating? I think it’s unlikely. 
These are only just a few instances where a post from social media or an advert influenced my action and honestly, there are many others I consciously or unconsciously allowed to influence my behaviour or decision.

So what’s this post really about? I’m sharing this to spur you on to speak up about your faith.

In the secular world, people often speak boldly about causes that are important to them, they share music, tweets, articles, books or media they love or consider informative but why does it feel difficult for us as believers to share about our faith, the one thing we are expected to consider most valuable as in Matthew 13:44

There are so many things I have learnt about my Christian faith because other people decided to share that information with me. The bible also mentions the importance of spurring each other on in Hebrews 10:25.

It’s great news if you’re a believer but there are so many people yet to believe in Christ, some because they haven’t heard the Gospel and possibly those who are just yet to accept the Truth.

Just look at this amazing motivation: 
"Everyone who calls, 'Help, God!' gets help." But how can people call for help if they don't know who to trust? And how can they know who to trust if they haven't heard of the One who can be trusted? And how can they hear if nobody tells them? And how is anyone going to tell them, unless someone is sent to do it? That's why Scripture exclaims, A sight to take your breath away! Grand processions of people telling all the good things of God!

It’s easy to say “well, someone is already talking about God where I am” but you also have the same responsibility and you should be glad to talk about your greatest Lover and the way to spend eternity with Him.

People are hurting, even believers go through unpleasant seasons, be the voice that brings a message of love, joy and hope to others.

I’m not going to ignore that it can be scary to bring up such discussions but I’m sure you’ve had to do something dauntless for less important causes, so you can do it. As you keep practicing, it gets easier. Starting is likely the difficult part.

Something I recently relearned is that The Holy Spirit is within you as a believer to help you. Look at Luke 12:12. You have the greatest Helper with you at anytime and anywhere.

Another wonderful thing I learnt again recently is that when you share your faith with others, there are three likely outcomes: the person accepts (believes and is saved), a seed is planted in the person’s heart or the person rejects the message. The first two might easily be considered a winning outcome but guess what? The third is also a winning outcome for you. When you’re rejected for Christ’s sake, you get a reward in Heaven, how cool! Check out Luke 6:22-23.

There are two amazing books you should check out “One thing you can’t do in Heaven” by Mark Cahill and “Loving Amanda” by Laju Iren, the former includes a compilation of accounts on sharing the Gospel (really amazing real life stories) , how to go about it and the need to share your faith now while the latter is a fiction with one of the many lessons being about how sharing a tract with a lady saved her life, like physically saving her life and actual salvation. 

I hope I’ve been able to spur a little desire in you to talk about about your faith. Someone would be glad to hear your voice. 

Please share in the comments how you go about starting discussions on faith, challenges you might have encountered, how you overcame such challenges and any other thing you’ve learnt in this journey of speaking up. You’ll be spurring on another. 
Thanks Thanks.

This piece was originally written by Oyinkansola Odunlami. 

1 comment:

  1. I've always admired and been a bit jealous of heralds who can board a public bus and while in motion, preach the word aloud.

    Primarily because I've never had the boldness to do such and I get this spurred negativity in my mind that no one actually wants to hear what I have to say.

    I pray to God to help me 'start' and get better at talking about his goodness to the world whenever the call arises.


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