As a Christian, spreading the gospel is a common charge we’re given constantly. Rightfully so, as part of our mandate as believers is to share God’s love with those around us.
What was missing for me for many years was the how of it. I understood the need to evangelize. But I didn’t have a clue how to practically go about it. Beyond the cookie cutter templates that are sometimes given, what would it look like for me – an introvert working in a high pressure, super secular environment – to share Jesus.
The unfortunate reality is that Christianity comes with baggage for many people. Just because your faith has been a great experience for you, doesn’t make it so for everyone else. As I started out in the marketplace I quickly realized I was in desperate need of God’s help if I was to love people the way He wanted me to.
I’ve found that we tend to practice lottery evangelism. We preach the gospel out of fear that we’ll be held accountable for saying nothing if the person we’re with dies shortly after and goes to hell. So we throw Jesus’ name out there with the hope that something will stick on someone at some point. Sometimes, by the sheer grace of God, it does work. Other times, it’s a bust.
But what then is the point of having the Holy Spirit if we cannot engage His help in a critical component of our Christianity like sharing the gospel?
I love the example set by Jesus throughout His ministry years. He was being pulled from all sides yet He was intentional in spending time with people. He sat with them, spoke with them, listened to them, prayed over them. While some of the encounters were brief, they did not lack in impact because when He showed up, He was 100% present as God and man.
This is (a small part of) what God taught me to do:
Can you really care for that which you are completely ignorant of? Get to know people. Really know them. Not just who they are but why they are. People will surprise you. They’re human beings, not projects. It’s okay to say I don’t know and I don’t understand either when the hard questions inevitably come up. No believer, however mature, has it all figured out when it comes to God and Christianity. We’re all growing as we go. They need to know that as much as you do.
Lean into the Holy Spirit and follow His lead. Learn when to speak up and when to shut up. Know that your actions will always be louder than your words. People aren’t stupid. They can see you preaching water while you’re drinking wine.
Even where you can get away with faking it in front of people, you won’t get far in the realms of the spirit. You can only be as impactful in the natural as your integrity holds in the spirit. In a war that is more spirit than it is flesh and blood, only those with legitimate power and authority truly have a say and get their way.
Graciously. Extravagantly. We are called to speak the truth. How often we forget the how. IN LOVE.
Speak the truth IN LOVE.
Not to justify yourself.
Not to prove that you’re right and they’re wrong (aka going straight to hell).
Not in some misguided self-righteous attempt to defend God and His name.
Speak the truth IN LOVE.
Love demands there be wisdom in how it is expressed.
You cannot rebuke that which you have not invested in.
If you have not taken time to invest in someone’s life, you’re going to have an uphill battle trying to speak into them.
The Gospel of Jesus was ever always centered on Love – on Him who doesn’t just love but is Love incarnate. It should be spread with love not out of some misconstrued fears and assumptions.
Jesus relied on the guidance of the Father and the Holy Spirit even though He was still God during His time on earth. How much more we need the Trinity as fallible believers who even with the best of intentions can often get evangelism wrong.
Our workplaces and workmates need Jesus. Without question. Let’s trust in God to show us how to bring Him in. Let’s submit to the wisdom and counsel He gives us for different situations and seasons. Let’s be brave to say and do that which He calls us to.