Yesterday was a phase three (invitation) and five (discipling) day for me evangelistically. The previous day was a phase one day (awareness; see previous post: Stepping Your Way To An Evangelistic Walk).
Yesterday I intended use the entire afternoon to seek souls in various ways. Though the day went in a different direction than I thought, there was still ample opportunity to be evangelistic. In fact I began my day being evangelistic by thinking and praying about what I might say about Jesus, God, Bible study and or the church to anyone I might encounter (phase 1 awareness). At breakfast the family discussed our different bible reading from that morning (phase 5 discipling). It was a good start to an evangelistic day.
The hours that followed breakfast were filled with unscheduled ant control, adjustment to my outdoor office, email interchanges and phone interchanges (some of which involved phase 5 discipling), lunch with the family and unscheduled meeting house signage improvement, shopping and time consuming installation. By the time I was available to “be evangelistic” in the way I planned, it was already 4:45 PM and I planned to be home by 5PM to enjoy supper with the family. Needless to say, my plans for the afternoon went out the window, but only in a matter of speaking.
As I said earlier, my goal for my afternoon was to find people to talk share Jesus with and this did happen in a way. Though I did not speak about Jesus directly I did find a few opportunities to leave a little God with others and even offer a couple of invitations to worship and study the Bible.
Yesterday afternoon I went to Home Depot. As I checked out, handing her my card (below) I invited my checker to visit our church assembly and also consider an online Bible study we offered (phase 3). She seemed delightfully surprised and receptive. As I stepped out the exit door encountering a man waiting in for store help to load his materials, I offered to help him load so that he did not have to wait for store help. He thanked me for my gesture while declining my help. I parted his company after saying, “God bless you.” (phase 2). While in the parking lot I saw an older woman and man in a minivan having a hard time backing out of their parking space, I walked over and spotted for them to make it out without hitting anything. From their car they thanked me for my help. I said, “God bless you” to them too. (phase 2). After working on the project I had gone to Home Depot to buy supplies for, before heading home, I stopped by a grocery store. After checking out I offered my checker my card and invited her to join us for worship some Sunday (phase 3). She received the card with enthusiasm and the a fellow patron in line behind me said, “amen” rather loudly.
Though I consider the interchange I had with those mentioned rather light for me, preferring to have an actual conversation with people about their relationship with God and need for Jesus followed by a study of the gospel and invitation to obedience, I acknowledge what I did was evangelistic. And not only was it evangelistic, it was further into the phases of evangelism than I had made it the day before! Improvement of any kind is good.
Brother’s and sisters in Christ (Galatians 3:26,27), do what you can with whatever time you have, to the degree your courage will allow, in walking evangelistically. And if our Lord blesses you with another day the next day, do it again and then again and again and you will be walking pleasing to the lord evangelistically.
“ 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
“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
Keep thinking souls!