The purpose of my sharing so many instances of brethren reaching out is three fold.
First, I hope to help my readers realize how many opportunities life presents to share Jesus with others – shopping, getting gas, walks, banking, eating out, conversations with neighbors, responding to Facebook replies, conversations with family, work, benevolent responses, visitors to our church assemblies, telemarketers, etc…
Second, I hope to help my readers realize the possibilities daily encounters provide for sharing Jesus – voicing a desire for others to be blessed by God with a “God bless you,” sharing the gospel in printed form with things like personal cards or tracts with the gospel on them, developing a spiritually centered relationship with acquaintances in the community by asking them about their beliefs and sharing our own, inviting people to personal Bible studies, etc…
Third, I hope to expose my readers to enough variety of brethren trying different things to share Jesus, that they can eventually see God possibly using them in one of the ways to share Jesus with the lost around them.
“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20,21. This scripture challenges me to ask and think big! To step out in faith and attempt to share Jesus as aggressively as I can allow myself or get myself to do so, to see what God will do with it! If someone does something that brings another to the Lord, I’d like to know it, in order to rejoice with those who rejoice and to broaden my view of what I think is possible in reaching the lost. I like to hear how others reach out effectively and try and visualize myself doing the same thing and then do it to see what God can do.
I wonder how often we limit what God could do with us, because when we see what He is doing with others say to ourselves, “I don’t see myself doing that!” I used to say that very thing about canvassing door to door, but no more! Before being “required” to canvass at school in Denver, I’m not sure I would have readily volunteered or initiated doing so on my own. Yet, having been exposed, learning along the way, and being willing to keep trying new approaches in canvassing, today I can’t imagine my life without it! The Lord has brought much fruit to my walk with Him from door to door canvassing! Praise the Lord!
By this I am not urging you to go door to door, but I am urging you to consider letting God stretch you in what you think is possible in your personal evangelism by trying many things. Somewhere along the way something is bound to stick. Part of God’s purpose for you as a Christian is to proclaim his excellencies to others. Are you doing it? Can you do it better? Are you willing to step out in faith try new things and see what God can do with you in evangelism? I hope so. I pray so.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9 Emphasis mine.