Good Christian girls like us know we should be sharing Christ at Christmas. Yet for a long time, I never thought about doing it, perhaps because outside of church no one had ever role-modeled for me sharing the gospel. Plus, all my friends were already Christians.
Then one day, I was in the backseat of a taxi on a rainy night in the Middle East when out of nowhere my friend Miriam, a Syrian refugee, asked our Muslim driver if he knew Jesus.
“No,” he said. “Who is Jesus?”
I was stunned she asked that and all I could think was “We’re going to get killed!”
I don’t know how you might have handled the situation. I panicked. Once I realized we were safe and that our driver was curious, I settled in and listened to the spiritual conversation unfolding. It was a holy moment. Before we stepped out of our taxi, Miriam had shared the gospel of Jesus and connected him with fellow Christians.
Her bold witness challenged me because Miriam was not some super-Christian missionary. She was an ordinary believer like me. The only difference between us was that she was motivated to share her faith. I wasn’t.
That moment with Miriam was a reckoning. I saw her take to heart Jesus’ command to be His witness and tell non-believers around her the good news (see Acts 1:8). In contrast, I hadn’t been thinking about it. The Lord might have been wooing people to Himself all around me and I never noticed. I was doing all the good-girl things like taking Bible studies, raising my family, and pursuing the American dream. I didn’t think I had the bandwidth to tell someone about Jesus in my daily life, especially at Christmas. I was wrong.
God used Miriam as a catalyst to grow my faith. I began to think that if Miriam could live as an authentic Christian witness around her daily life, maybe I could, too. A lot has happened since that taxi ride. Now I’m boldly sharing my Christian faith and helping others do the same.
I don’t know where you are on your faith journey. Maybe you’re already sharing Jesus in your cul-de-sac, like Miriam. If that’s you, I’m cheering you on.
If not, that’s okay. Give yourself grace and start now. Christmas is an especially easy time to begin. You can model sharing Christ for your children or grandchildren. Plus, your intentional, humble witness can have eternal significance for someone who doesn’t know about Salvation in Jesus.
Follow these three steps to authentically share Christ this Christmas. In the process, you just might start a new Christmas family tradition.
Be encouraged. God has been using women like you for thousands of years to contribute to the spread of the gospel. Most didn’t move across the world. They started small right where they lived. Now it’s your turn. I’m cheering you on.