I always like to classify myself as an outgoing introvert. My husband and I are a good example of opposites attracting. He is a very bubbly, outgoing, never met a stranger type of guy. While I am a quiet, reserved, lover of Me time type of girl. I like to think that we glean attributes from the each other. He makes me more outgoing, while I make him more...hmmm. As we balance each other out, we are still primarily charged by being with people for him, and being to myself for me. I think this is probably true for most introverts. Do you cringe at the thought of going to a party? Do you need 1 week just to yourself after that party? Do you enjoy your quiet time at home? If you have answered yes to these questions, then more than likely, you are an introvert. Yes, My name is Holly and I am an introvert! However, I think many introverted Christians struggle with boldly sharing Christ with others. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think the issue is a lack of desire, rather, it is just an area of weakness. I have been fortunate to have my husband help me with this, but If you don’t have a crazy, bubbly, outgoing person pushing you in your life, then this post is for you!
Pray, Pray, and Pray some more
"This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him." Ephesians 3:12-13
The first thing that you should do is pray. Ask the Lord for boldness to step out of your comfort zone and into his strength. We can’t do it in our own strength, so we must rely on his. The best part is he wants us to lean on him. He wants us to admit that we can’t do it by ourselves, so that he will be glorified. We should also pray for wisdom. The Bible says that if we ask for wisdom, he will give it to us. We need the wisdom to know when to speak and what to do. Sometimes the holy spirit will lead you to just offer an act of kindness instead of sharing the gospel. Sometimes you are just planting the seeds.
Acknowledge this weakness and Boast in it!
Paul says this,
“ But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”2 Corinthians 12:9-13
Don’t you just love Paul! He reminds us that our weakness brings all the more glory to God. It is when we are weak that others can see God’s perfection. So get strength from your weakness. Ok, Holly how can I do that. Well, generally introverts are good listeners. So use that as strength. Begin to listen intently to those who are far from God and use wisdom and discernment that you get from the Lord to know what to say and when to say it.
Show others Christ in the way you live
This is one those “There is just something about her” type of lifestyles. We are called to be set apart right? So set yourself apart. Be kind and friendly. Have patience when others seem to struggle with being patient. Smile. Smile. Smile. You would be surprised what smiling does not only for others but also for you. Pray and ask God to let his joy show in you. So that everywhere you go you can show the glory of Christ just in the way you live.
Just Do It
While all of the other methods are really made for the introverted believer( although not exclusively), This section will be about walking in boldness. Ask God to give you the courage to share the gospel clearly and simply with strangers and friends. I’ll let you in on a little secret. Your job is to share Christ, his job is to change their heart and mind. Use wisdom in when to share, but also don’t ignore when he prompts you in the middle of Target, Trader Joe’s, or wherever you are. Can I share a quick testimony? One day I was shopping and happen upon a luggage store. While there I was talking to the store clerk about our big move to Korea. We continued talking and God prompted her to open up about a lot of things that had been going on in her life. All of a sudden I felt this overwhelming desire and urge to share the gospel with her. Guess what happened? I lead her to Christ. In the middle of a luggage store. No other customers came in during my visit giving us the time to pray together. While that is a great story, they won't always say yes. But I would suffer several no’s for the one person who will say yes. It’s actually great because I know that whether they like it or not, I planted a seed. I planted a seed in their mind, that hopefully will one day make it to their heart as other people share Christ with them as well. You never know where you are in a person’s salvation journey. That person's no may just be one in a long line of Nos that eventually lead to Yes. Go in boldness.
Mighty God, Thank you for loving us in spite of our weakness. Thank you for filling the gap between our weakness and your perfection. Help us to be more bold in sharing you with others. Fill us up with courage and peace as we seek to do your will. In Jesus' Name, Amen.