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How can I introduce my family to Jesus?
Thank you for your question about introducing your family to faith. I am so glad that you want to do this and I really hope that my answer will be of use to you.
I am not sure whether you are asking as a parent wanting to bring up his or her children to know God, or whether you are a Christian seeking to witness to adult members of the family into which you were born. We will look at both aspects of the question.
First, let me deal with the question of bringing up children. A Christian parent has both a great responsibility and a great opportunity. Speaking as someone who was brought up in a non-Christian family, I can compare myself with my son, brought up in a Christian family. I have a powerful experience of God which changed my life completely, but I have made many mistakes in life due to lack of stability and good early training. My son is stable and established in the faith, able to offer Christian leadership and withstand the knocks of life because of his early conversion and solid Christian training from childhood. He invited Christ into his life when he was only three and has never changed his mind about his Christian commitment. When we bring up our children in a godly way, we are producing the church leaders of the future, whether ministers or Sunday School teachers or administrators or befrienders, depending on their personal gifts.
If we are Christians living and seeking to witness in a non-Christian family, we have very different challenges. However, certain keys are the same for both situations. In either case, the most important thing is to demonstrate a holy life. They need to see the difference that Christ makes lived out before them. This calls for wisdom and restraint as we refuse to respond to provocation and continue to walk in peace and godliness.
We need to set an example, too, in being committed to worshipping God and fellowshipping with His people. It is there that we receive the support and friendship that we need and it is there that they can make friends who will love them, pray for them and minister to them. A Godly lifestyle is impossible apart from the church. The Bible tells us,
Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
We need to be consistent in our Christian living, creating a safe and Godly environment for our family members to retreat to when life is stressful. They need to be able to trust us in this.
Then, of course, there is the need to pray for them.
Pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. (James 5:16)
The previous verse in James tells us to confess our sins so that we may be healed. We need to make our hearts clean before we pray for others. This is done through confession to God; then we will be able to take our stand in prayer in the righteousness that Christ gives us because we are forgiven and made new. We can be sure that our prayers will bring great results, as God promises.
Above all, we need to love our family deeply and faithfully.
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)
In this wonderful passage about love, He tells us what loving our family will look like.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
Love is at the heart of the gospel, because God is love (1 John 4:8). He so loved the world that He gave His Son (John 3:16) and He commands us to love (1 John 4:7). Without love, our witness and testimony will not ring true. Real love is scarce in this world and people are hungry for it. Love persuades when no amount of argument would do so. So we love our family faithfully, even when they disappoint us, and we have patience and continue to love and believe in them when it seems that they will never respond.
In summary, then, we need to display Christ to them in our lives and to practice the ordinary Christian disciplines of church attendance and prayer, giving them the opportunity to see these things demonstrated consistently over time. Of course, there is a place for telling them the gospel, having prayed and waited for the right opportunity. If you are bringing up children, then there are plenty of resources to use in daily family devotions, which are a great foundation for anyone's life.
If you do not have one, please find a strong Bible teaching Church that love God, love people and the community. A church with a strong youth work for your family and also with an evangelistic passion to help you share the Good News.
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