If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.” Romans 10:9-10 NLT
This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to speak at a one day seminar on orphan ministries. My topic was “Orphans and human trafficking.” As I prayed about what to present at the seminar, the answer was clear: to share how I became interested in such a topic, to give them some perspective on the extent of the problem and to share what I’m now doing about it.
Following my presentation, many seminar attendees stopped by my table to chat. We talked about how the plight of trafficked children; about how they didn’t realize there was such a problem and about their own need to do something. This after-chat was as important as the presentation itself because it offered those attending a chance to process their feelings about the topic and to help them to define what they would do with the information presented.
Perhaps that’s why Paul said it’s not enough just to believe in Christ. We also need to talk about our belief.
Talking about our belief helps us to process what Christ did for us and our emotional response to him. It helps to define what we will do with such a life-changing experience both now and in the future. And it helps us work through any doubts that may surface about our experience and relationship with Christ. There’s no more sitting on the fence, especially when we voice our beliefs in the presence of others.
Another important reason to speak out loud about our belief in Christ is that it draws others who believe into our circle of support and friendship. It helps us to understand that we aren’t alone on planet earth. There are others who have felt the same way we have or experienced similar reactions to their faith in Christ. Hearing their stories and sharing ours will encourage, support and strengthen us together in our Christian lives.
And lastly, by speaking out loud about our faith, we can help others to see their need through our experiences.
Jesus, help me to share my faith out loud! Amen