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I admit it…I’m a foodie! Anytime I find a great restaurant I tell other people about it. I tell them how good the food is, what the service is like, and why they ought to give the place a try. How do people react? They’re happy to find out about these new places!
So why do we find it hard to tell people about the best thing ever? Of course I’m talking about the life-changing power of Jesus! We should be telling everyone. But for most of us, talking about Christ is easier to think about than to do.
Call me naive, but I think we’ve made this thing we call evangelism far too complicated. We’ve given it a fancy title, developed a job description, and given certain people…the “evangelists”…responsibility for reaching others.
That’s not how the Bible says it should be done. Biblical evangelism is simply telling someone how good Jesus has been to you, and recommending they give him a try.
Jesus said it this way…
”But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
– Acts 1:8 (NLT)
The Bible says you are a “witness.” What does a witness do?
Let’s say you saw a crime being committed and you go to court to share your testimony. As a witness, what is your role? Is it to convict? No! That’s up to the judge and jury. Is it to defend? No…the defense attorney does that. Your job as a witness is to accurately tell what you know from your viewpoint.
As followers of Jesus that’s exactly what we’re supposed to do! We simply tell people what we know about him.
When you’re telling your story, don’t let what you DON’T know about Jesus get in the way. This is one of the devil’s favorite tricks. I often talk with people who think they don’t know enough about the Bible to share what Jesus did for them. Sometimes they think they haven’t been a Christian long enough, or they feel unqualified because they don’t live a “good enough” life.
None of these things are true! Jesus didn’t say “wait until you’re perfect.” He never said “get a degree in theology so you can tell others about me.” Instead, he said that your story and the power of the Holy Spirit are the only qualifications you need.
We all have watershed moments in our lives. One of those times for me was when I began my relationship with Jesus. I felt his love and his power and his call to follow him. It was probably that way for you, too.
As great as that moment was, I found there’s something even better! It’s when you’re a part of bringing someone else to Jesus.
Your involvment can play out many ways. Perhaps you share your story or pray for the Holy Spirit to speak to someone. Maybe you bring them to church to hear the Good News. Then one day, it all makes sense and they decide to follow Jesus! When that happens, there’s nothing more rewarding than knowing you had a role in them finding Christ.
The Bible encourages us to…
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.
- 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)
I believe God has already made some divine appointments for you! Take a look around…who do you know that needs Jesus? Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you to them…then confidently tell your story when the opportunity comes! You’ll be glad you did!