25. SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH OTHERS
Tell others what the Lord has done for you. When Jesus healed a demon-possessed man He said to him: "Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you." (Mark 5:19) Therefore, it is proper to tell others of your commitment to the Lord. (Cp. 1 Tim 1:16) It gives you an opportunity to openly proclaim the Lord before people (Matt 10:32), to offer a sacrifice of praise to God continually by the lips that confess his Name (Heb 13:15) and to overcome the one who continually accuses us by our testimony. (Cp. Rev 12:11)
But if you find it difficult to tell others that you have found the Lord Jesus, or if you feel that you are not yet ready to do it, please start to share the good news with at least one close friend who will rejoice with you in your new-found joy. But please do it as soon as possible, the longer you wait the more difficult it will become to be a witness of your salvation.
Perhaps you are afraid of the consequences of your testimony. Perhaps some of your friends may laugh at you, others may forsake you, even your family may turn against you. (Cp. Heb 10:33,34) Jesus himself said: "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." (John 16:33) You can do it. Paul writes: "I can do everything through him who gives me strength." (Phil 4:13) Do not be concerned if you are afraid to witness at first; as you grow spiritually you will find it much easier to talk about your experiences in Christ.