You’re at dinner with some friends. Or maybe you are standing in a long line at the grocery store. Maybe you are sitting next to someone at a football game. You might even be chatting on the couch with a family member. The conversation starts out light. But as time moves on, the topic changes from every-day stuff, to serious, and then you hear something like …
I just don’t know if I can do this anymore. It’s too much.
Every time I turn on the news I hear about tragedy after tragedy. Will it ever get any better?
My kids come home from school with tough questions. It wasn’t like that when I was in school. I don’t know what to say to them.
Is this all there is?
Maybe you heard something similar just the other day. What do you say?
Do you recognize the open door?
This week we’ve looked at God’s great gift of Salvation. Those who don’t know God are without hope on earth, headed into an eternity of unthinkable hopelessness.
God has appointed us to be light bearers! We are the ones who show the way to hope! To life! How will they hear unless we tell them?
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?(Romans 10:14)
It doesn’t matter if the people around us are friends, relatives, or strangers; it can be downright scary to share our faith with people. The fear of the unknown can paralyze us.
But … what’s ahead for them if we don’t? How will they hear without someone telling them?
I have a clear memory of an opportunity I missed about 10 years ago. I had occasion to be with a particular gal every week. She was not saved, and I knew that. But because I knew we would be together each week, I also knew that God had provided the opportunity for me to share the gospel with her. Each time I tried to maneuver the conversation to spiritual things. Sometimes we got there, sometimes we didn’t. But I never shared how Jesus could make a difference in her life. One day I was determined that I would not leave until I had shared how she could have eternal life. You know what happened? Just as I was moving into that place, someone else came up and took her away.
The opportunity was gone.
I’ve never had another opportunity with her since. Circumstances are such that I probably won’t again. Even as I write this, I have that twisting in my gut. You probably feel it when you remember missed opportunities.
Our world is hurting and in desperate need of healing–from the Healer! When we bring that … oh, how heaven rejoices!
When we bring the message of healing and hope, heaven rejoices!
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings,who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” (Isaiah 52:7)
There are many ways we can share Christ with people around us. But we do need to know two essentials.
- Our personal testimony.
- Scripture to lead someone to Christ.
That’s it. Honestly, neither is that hard or takes very long. Once you have those things in your pocket, so to speak, when God opens a door, you can share what’s necessary in a very brief time.
Sharing Your Personal Testimony
Sharing your personal testimony is pretty simple. It’s basically …
- What was your life like before Christ
- How you came to know that you needed Christ
- What is your life like now that you know Christ
Sharing the Gospel Message
There are some basic Scriptures to know when sharing the gospel with someone. I modify my approach depending on who I’m talking with. I love using tools.
If I’m sharing with children, I use the Wordless Book. You can order from Child Evangelism Fellowship, here. There are several ways to make them, but you can make a very simple one with these directions.
For adults, again, Cru has some great resources. One of my favorites is a little book called “Connecting With God.” I usually keep several of these in my tote bag. But they also have an awesome online tool! Check it out here! I like using a tool, because I can leave it with them when I’m finished. That way, if they have questions, they can review what I shared. I can even jot down my number on there if I feel like it’s the right thing to do.
Not everyone we share the gospel with is going to choose to give their lives to Christ. That’s OK. We do what we know God wants us to do, and we leave the results in His hands. We plant a seed or water one that someone else planted. The bottom line, if they don’t choose Christ, they aren’t rejecting us, they are rejecting Christ. And that is so terribly sad.
In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents. (Luke 15:10)
Let’s be prepared to give an answer to anyone who asks for the reason for the HOPE we have!
Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. (1 Peter 3:15)