You are the light of the world. Go and make disciples of all the nations. That you may proclaim His excellencies. Make the most of every opportunity with outsiders. For you have not received a spirit of timidity but of power.
If we have ears to hear, in our walk of faith, we must admit that we have the responsibility as children of God to share the love of a God and salvation in Jesus with the lost.
If we have eyes to see we recognize that opportunities to share the faith with others abound.
If we are honest with ourselves most of us recognize that we could be more intentional in fulfilling our evangelistic purpose in the world.
If we just knew how we’d do better.
How can we improve our ability to live the evangelistic lifestyle we’ve been called to in Jesus?
Consider three helps to maturing in your personal outreach:
1. Ask God to help you see the world as He sees it – separated souls in need of restoration (2 Peter 3:9).
“Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense either to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God; just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit but the profit of the many, so that they may be saved. Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1
Spend time considering who you anticipate encountering in your home, at school, at work, when you stop by the post office or grocery store, as you stop for gas any given day and ask God to help you see their soul’s need for restoration to Him.
2. Make it a personal goal to leave a little bit of God with everyone you meet. If you speak to someone at all, attempt to mention something about God.
“Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven.
But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 10:32,33
Consider sharing phrases like, ” God bless you,” “God guide you” and “God has blessed us with a beautiful day.” Possibly share the gospel and invitation to personal study on a small preprinted card like a buisness card.
3. Take the next step and invite those you encounter in your daily routine to know God better.
“Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.” Colossians 4:5,6
Think of a spiritual question to ask to get the ball rolling. Have a scripture in mind to take them to to see the way the Bible answers your question. Don’t respond to their initial answer to your question except to ask them if you can share a place in the Bible that answers the question. After having them read the selected scripture ask them how that scripture answers the question. Then ask if the answer they find in the Bible confirms or corrects their original answer.
One example of a question to ask is, “Do you think most people will go to heaven?” A text to take them to in order to share with them the answer is Matthew 7:13,14. After considering the Biblical answer together. Ask them if they’d be interested in studying the Bible like this further with you.
These three helps are part of nine that assist me in growing in my personal work among the lost. I trust they may help you also.
Be bold in your prayers and efforts at living the evangelistic lifestyle you’ve been called to as a Christian!