Preparing to “Shine Like the Stars” (Daniel 12:3, NIV)
Missionary Amy Carmichael and her friends prayed about how to witness to people in India who were not followers of Jesus. They were prepared to explain the gospel and teachings from the Bible.
How can you prepare to be a shining light to someone who is not a Christian?
Pray for non-Christians you know to open their hearts and minds to Jesus. Ask God to guide you in reaching out to people who need to learn about Him.
Learn all you can about your Christian beliefs and how to explain them. Ask a Christian adult if you need guidance.
Know what the Bible teaches about:
Sin — Romans 3:22-25
God — 1 John 4:16; Acts 17:27; 1 Peter 5:7
Jesus — John 3:16; Mark 1:11
Heaven — Revelation 7:15-17; Revelation 21:4
What can you do if you meet someone at school or at an activity who is not a Christian?
Don’t Hide Your Faith
A missionary to a non-Christian country said, “If a non-Christian knows you for several months and doesn’t know you’re a Christian, that’s one extreme. The other extreme is to pull out your Bible the first time you meet and start insulting their religion. Neither extreme is good. Be friendly, but let them know from the start that you’re a Christian. Don’t hide or deny who you are.
Tell an Adult
Let a Christian adult know if you might be discussing your faith with someone who is not a Christian. Ask them to pray with you about it and to guide you in preparing for discussions.
“I Don’t Know”
If you do not understand a question someone of a different religion asks you, it’s fine to say, “I don’t know, but I will ask someone and give you an answer the next time I talk to you.”
If you invite someone of another faith to your home for a meal, ask beforehand if they have any restrictions in what they can eat. Many Hindus don’t eat beef, and some Muslims and Jews don’t eat pork (which includes ham and bacon).
Pray for the person and their family, and ask God to help you be a good example and a good witness.
Learn more about Amy Carmichael and 15 other Christian heroes in The Torchlighters Ultimate Activity Book and DVD set, available at VOMBooks.com. The book includes 144 pages of stories, devotionals, challenging coloring pages, extreme dot-to-dots, crafts, and activities related to the heroes on the accompanying Torchlighters DVDs.