If you know someone who doesn't know Christ, put your finger on your nose! FYI - it takes forever to type with my finger on my nose. When I'm in a room full of rowdy kids for children's ministry, I ask them to put their fingers on their noses if they can hear me. As everyone catches on, the room becomes quiet enough for me to give instructions. If the room doesn't get quiet, then there's a divide. There will be kids whose attention I have, and kids who are acting out "Moana" scene-by-scene. If I can't get the class on the same page, I can't talk to them as a class. Likewise, how could I get everyone's fingers on their noses if I never asked them to? Nobody can be on the same page if they're not talking to each other. Now, what does this have to do with our walk with God?
It's essential to the human race that we communicate who Christ is. Otherwise, the world disunites in what they believe (or don't believe) about Him .
If you've ever watched the news, you already know that this enemy-breathed partition steals, kills, and destroys.
This month has been all about loving thy neighbor. When it comes to love, I do know one thing for sure.
Being someone who has cried over being too afraid to order at a restaurant, I get what you're thinking. Sharing the Gospel can be terrifying. Jesus never sugar-coated this. We could lose everything. But, at the end of the day, this isn't our call to make. When someone's eternity is at stake, who are we to leave them to their own defenses?
If we don't tell that one person the truth about Jesus, it's likely that someone else will tell them lies about Jesus. Then, that person will tell someone else those same lies that they believe. Not telling that one person could have a larger impact than you anticipated. But, what if you did tell them? And then they told someone else? How might the world change if we did take that leap of faith?
There are going to be times that you feel especially incompetent. But, know this: the Enemy will never waste his time on someone that isn't a threat to him. If you ever feel overwhelmingly anxious or discouraged, that's when God wants to use you the most. We
This is something that I had to remember when I was growing closer to one of my current best friends. I knew that she didn't have a relationship with Jesus, so I did all that I could think to do. After weeks of contemplating it, I invited her to church. I was really nervous because I only knew her from a couple double dates. I had no clue what she believed or if she'd be angry with me for inviting her. Fortunately, she seemed open to checking it out.
But, of course, I accidentally walked her into one of the most intense sermons on sex, love, and marriage that I've ever experienced (oops). Afterward, we drove over to Shari's and I didn't order anything. Bluntly, I said, "I wasn't actually hungry. I just needed to talk to you before I talked myself out of it." I then explained God's story to her for context, from the beginning to what's still to come.
I also told her what God's story has been in my life. I told her in detail where I have been (not pretty). I told her how in my deepest state of hopelessness, it was the truth about who Jesus is that saved me. I told her that I've only come to love myself by basking in the goodness of a Savior that died for me, of all people.
I then looked at her and I said, "I am telling you this because I know from my own life that knowing Jesus changes everything. I wouldn't be loving you well if I kept quiet about the best life that you could ever live. I want you to experience the fulfillment and love that comes through Christ alone ." This was one of the most nerve-wracking encounters of my life, but I knew that I had to do it because I love her.
Although this did not prompt some sort of immediate salvation, it did start something miraculous. This was only about three months ago. Today, after a lot of conversations and continuing church attendance (I guess that sex talk didn't scare her away!), this is what my sweet friend has to say about her Father:
"I do believe in God. Even on my hardest days, He is with me every step of the way because He understands what I'm going through. I have a better outlook on life now because I'm not as stressed about a single bad day. I know that I can learn from them. I also look forward to the next day because I know He'll bring a better day."
This is why we share the Gospel. You can start with a smile. Or a helping hand. But, don't end there. Have that conversation, even if you don't feel ready (because you never will, I promise). God always gives us the words that we need. Let's take our fingers off of our noses, our zippers off of our mouths, and our hands off of our laps. We must "make known among the nations what He has done" (Psalm 105:1)!