Rise | Sharing Your Faith At School
‘Sharing my faith at school is easy’ – said very few people right? And if there is someone proclaiming such words – where are you, how do you do it, and what is your secret?!
Dramatics aside, living as a Christian and sharing your faith at school isn't always easy, and one that can very easily lead you to feel hopeless and helpless (and any other -less in the dictionary). So – as is the case with all hard things in life, the best place to start and the only place we can be wholly founded in, is God’s word.
I have said this before in a post, but I find it of great encouragement to look to those in the Bible who may appear to be the mightiest and strongest but in all things, rely wholeheartedly on our Father for strength.
1 Samuel 30:6 states that ‘David strengthened himself in the Lord’, in 2 Timothy 4:17 Paul writes ‘But the LORD stood by me and strengthened me’ and in Psalm 27:1 David again proclaims, ‘the LORD is the stronghold of my life’. These are but a few examples of how God strengthens his people and how true refuge is found in him and him alone.
Remembering and reflecting on this is what practically can propel us when sharing our faith with others in school as we know that our father will never and has never abandoned his children and so we know that at school, security can be found in him.
1 John 4:15 reads:
‘If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God’.
If ever there was a strong starting point, I would say God’s trumped it here. With the Holy Spirit living in us as followers of Jesus, there is no challenge too great.
In a school environment, the hardest thing can be being heard amongst a crowd and then, on the counter side of this, it can be even harder actually being heard and consequently standing out. Whilst this is hugely subjective, dependent on the type of person you are, I know a lot of people who therefore choose to primarily identify themselves as being a Christian through subtle traces on social media. Whether it be sharing an article that is discussing a Christian issue, advertising your school or college Christian Union on Facebook or even pinning a Bible verse on Pinterest (who doesn’t love a good bit of Bible calligraphy). These traces can be great windows of opportunity for your friends to ask you about what that was concerning, acting as a porthole into a conversation where you can be unashamed of the gospel in front of them.
You are some of the most dynamic and capable young women. The important thing for us to all bear in mind is that ultimately, sharing our faith with those who we are at school with will initially seem like a vulnerable and awkward situation. However, not only will this awkwardness cease and our fears subside as we ease ourselves into familiarity with communicating the gospel to others; but, most importantly we remember that we are not founded on ourselves and so, through prayer and petition, we can ask God to sustain us.
‘Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”’ (Mark 10:27)
Assurance such as this warrants Christians to be confident in sharing Jesus with everyone we know. No challenge is too great for Him. We can remain aware of this in school life, approaching evangelism unashamedly and with confidence, turning to Christ in all things.
Florrie is currently in her final year of secondary school in London and loves all things creative. As well as being an exceptional athlete, she also provides some of the finest and wittiest captions Instagram has ever seen... Florrie's positive and joyful outlook on life is reflected through her shining personality, and her love for Jesus is expressed through her love for other people.
NB: After some disorganisation from the MP team, Florrie's bio was put together by us - hence being a little less modest than her own words might have been! ;-)