5 Reasons I Don’t Tell Others About Jesus

While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. -Matthew 4:18-20

This is what it takes to be a disciple: following Jesus and fishing for souls. These words were recently seared into my soul when a friend said, “We’re pretty good at following, but are we really fishing?” No, I had to admit. Not at all.

Blog Post from Grace to Soar: 5 Reasons I Don't Tell Others About Jesus

One focus of my church this year is discipleship, so conversations like this are happening regularly. I am trying hard to follow after Jesus- to study His word, to pray, to trust, and to obey. However, I’m realizing there is a giant hole in my obedience.

I haven’t been fishing.

I’ve gone through my whole Christian life and not often shared Him with anyone.

When I’m in the midst of other believers, I’m great at praising Jesus and sharing His goodness and faithfulness. I feel called to encourage fellow believers through Grace to Soar.  But what am I doing for unbelievers? Praying, yes, but God asks me to do more than pray. He asks me to speak, to proclaim, to open my mouth and share the hope I have with a lost and confused world.

It’s not that I don’t want to tell others about Him, it’s just that…

I don’t want to inconvenience anyone.

Everyone is in such a rush these days. And I really want people to like me. If I mess up their schedule or interfere with their routine, they’re not going to like me. So I decide not to inconvenience them.

I would get too nervous.

It’s unfortunate that I get so nervous. Otherwise, I could tell people about Jesus. I mean my voice shakes, my face turns embarrassingly red, and my words stop making sense so people wouldn’t understand me anyway.

I don’t know enough.

I’m positive someone will ask me a question that I don’t know the answer to. They’ll probably ask me about the timeline of creation or the location of Hell or when the antichrist will appear. Since I won’t know the answer, it’s best not to risk the embarrassment or confusion.

The topic doesn’t come up naturally.

No one has ever asked me how to be saved. Otherwise, I wouldn’t hesitate to answer! The topics of sin and repentance don’t usually come up naturally. I’m obviously not great at starting the conversation, because it’s inconvenient….and I get nervous…and I don’t know enough.

But this is the only reason that matters…

I don’t care enough.

This is the reason that has broken me for several days. I just don’t care enough. That’s the sad truth of the matter. If I did, I’d do something about it. If I really cared, there wouldn’t be a person within my sphere of influence that didn’t know the truth about Jesus. Even if it was inconvenient. Even if they had tricky questions. Even if I had to bring up the topic in an unnatural way.

But it changes now.

Jesus hung, bled, and died on a cross for me and for the people around me and I can’t even bring up His name because it’s inconvenient? I can’t even share His sacrifice because someone might not like me? I know how ridiculous that is. Beyond ridiculous, it is sinful and it is disobedient.

My excuses stop today.

 

Heavenly Father,
I confess my disobedience and repent of my complacency. I am so sorry for my wickedness and selfishness. I will no longer keep my words about you confined to conversations with fellow believers. God, make me bold. Please give me the wisdom and grace to guide others towards the salvation you freely offer. Through your power, I commit to change this today. Thank you for loving me in spite of me. Amen.


Have you been making excuses to avoid sharing your faith? If so, leave a comment committing to change! Please come back next week; I’ll be sharing some simple, non-pushy ways to share Jesus with the people around you. {Added: Post is up now. Check it out!}

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23 thoughts on “5 Reasons I Don’t Tell Others About Jesus

  1. These 5 reasons have been SO me at times. I read a book recently called “When People are Big and God is Small” and it talks all about how we allow the ‘fear of man’ to be more important than the ‘fear of the Lord’ and that is really what this all boils down to . The fear of man is so strong it over shadows the fear of the Lord and we don’t want to annoy, inconvenience, or offend anyone. Instead we continue to allow them to walk down their path away from saving grace. It can be a hard pill to swallow but one that is necessary to follow the commands of Jesus. Thank you for sharing!

  2. It is so easy to allow fear to keep us from talking. I’ve realized that if I share how Jesus is working in my daily life as normal practice it becomes easier to share others things and opens the door for others to feel comfortable asking questions.

    1. Yes, sounds like you have a lifestyle of sharing. Making it part of how you operate takes the pressure off of getting the words perfect…because you’ll have chances to keep growing that seed. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Awesome read and so true for me. Those are the same excuses that I use. I am trying so much harder to share Jesus. I thought years ago, if I had just made a new best friend, I would want everyone to know them. Why don’t I do the same with Jesus? He is my best friend. I commit to trying harder. Thanks Beka.

    1. Yes! Good for you, sister!

      That’s a motivating thought for me too- of course I want people to know Him. And how will they know Him if I never tell them how awesome He is?

      We can be bold in Jesus name! Even if it doesn’t come naturally to us and we have to try really hard.

  4. I think that sometimes we don’t understand the idea of being fishers of men. We are not all called to preach from the corner, but rather let our lives reflect Christ’s teachings. At times, it might mean talking about what we believe and why. Yet, I think sometimes people are more drawn to people without words being spoken.

    I think it was St. Francis of Assisi who has the quote “Preach the Gospel. If necessary, use words.” attributed to him. I’ve taken that to heart. Yes, I teach my children the faith, but I do not go out into the world and start speaking.

    1. I understand what you’re saying. And I totally agree that preaching from the corner doesn’t work well in our culture.

      I realize I didn’t elaborate on what I meant by sharing Jesus. I didn’t mean the sometimes judgmental condemning style I think of when I hear “witnessing”.

      It can be easy and conversational. Caring and kind.

      But I think we do have to eventually speak words. Living our lives well will cause people to wonder what’s different about us. And at some point we need to tell them. The people around us won’t know about Jesus’ death and resurrection unless someone tells them. Our good lives alone don’t give them enough detail to accept Christs sacrifice and come to repentance.

      I plan to share a few ideas next week that will show what I mean by sharing Jesus. Please come back and check them out.

  5. I wish more people shared your urgency. I am not good at this either, but I have been convicted lately. Two different groups I am part of are working on this concept!

    1. This topic seems to be on a lot of hearts and minds right now. Makes me wonder about what God’s up to! Thanks for your honesty- we can get better at this through His strength! :o)

  6. This is… life changing. Seriously. The excuses stop now. So grateful for BHGB and the share thread! Thank you for writing this. God was stirring this same thing in my heart this week, as our pastor was sharing the statistics of how many people die each day… and how a GENEROUS estimate is 33% know Jesus… which means approximately 100,000 people world-wide die each day without knowing our Savior. We have to let it break our hearts because it breaks His!

    My husband and I met in St. Louis, where we interned at an inner city ministry. We did street ministry, he prayed with homeless men, I prayed with prostitutes. We shared the gospel freely, openly, passionately. They were hungry – hungry for change – and we had what they needed. Jesus, and sandwiches. 10 years later, living in the suburbs with our 6 kids, I have gotten complacent in boldly sharing about Jesus. It’s harder here. People don’t know they have a need — and I don’t always feel equipped to meet it. Thankfully, He doesn’t ask us to be a savior, just to point others to Him!

    1. That statistic is heartbreaking!! You have such a unique perspective. You are right; it’s harder to share Jesus when people think everything is fine. Thank you for sharing your heart!

  7. Sometimes I think it’s difficult to speak because we don’t know the person well enough to show them how Jesus is the God they need. It’s so much easier for Jesus conversation to come up naturally, not make us nervous and for us to care when we are truly close to those who need him. So hard to do in our culture today! Thank you for posting!

  8. I honestly have struggled with why I haven’t led a lot of people to Christ, but don’t come in contact with a ton of non-believers in my daily life. I do share Jesus with everyone I’m around, but the next step of trying to lead people to the Lord is often the hard part. I hate to be rejected or am afraid I’ll do it wrong and push someone away from Christ. I am working on how to make sure I can speak into someone’s life in a grace-filled way that draws people to Him. And accept that sometimes, I’ll be rejected for him.

    1. Jennifer, Sorry I missed your comment until now! You are so right- I’m finding that I’m semi-comfortable up to a certain point- usually until it’s time to ask a question about the person’s own faith. I’m trying to push myself one step farther than I’m comfortable…and then hopefully one more step farther until I’m comfortable all the way up to praying with someone to be saved.

      I have a friend/mentor who tells me this and I’ll share it with you- There’s nothing we can say that’s going to mess up God’s plan for someone. The best we can do is open our mouth and trust Him to guide our words.

    1. Thanks, Ashley! It’s a work in progress, but I’m determined to keep growing in it. I’ve now posted some easy strategies to use. If you come back, check them out.

  9. I think a lot of us as Christians deal with this. We are embarrassed because it’s such an emotional part of our lives and the world says it’s all about me, individuality and that we have a right to be happy….

    I think you nailed it though. I find myself not talking to others that I should about Jesus and although I try to share my faith when I’m comfortable, if I was on fire, I’d be doing it all the time as a top priority! Thanks for the reminder and the transparency!

    1. Thanks, Steven. You are right about the “right to be happy,” and it’s invaded our Christian culture whether we realize it or not. It’s so easy for me to put off a Jesus-related conversation to preserve my happiness or comfort.

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